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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 



199t^ Stated Meeting 

Mallard Creek Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 20, 1953 



200th Stated Session 

Thomasboro Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

April 21, 1953 



Next Stated Session 

Paw Creek Church, Paw Creek, N. C. 

July 21, 1953 



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MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 



199th Stated Meeting 

Mallard Creek Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 20, 1953 



200th Stated Session 

Thomasboro Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

April 21, 1953 



Next Stated Session 

Paw Creek Church, Paw Creek, N. C. 

July 21, 1953 



INDEX 



Page 

Adjournment 36, 58 

Afternoon Sessions 30, 44 

Aniay James Church 30 

Amendments to Book of 

Church Order 33, 34, 35 

Arrangements 23, 40 

Calls to Churches 26, 43 

Candidates 

Examined for Licensure 44 

Examined and Received 29, 43 

Received 42 

Transferred 42 

Commissioners to General 

Assembly Elected 31 

Commissions Reporting 

Minister and His Work .... 25, 42, 43 
To Install Ministers 

26, 27, 28, 29, 45, 46 

To Ordain and Install 28 

Committees Appointed 

Ad-interim Committees 58 

Standing Committees 25, 41, 42 

Committees Reporting 

On Assembly's Work 31 

On Annuities and Relief 58 

On Christian Relations 33 

On Church Extension 47-54 

On Education 30, 31 

On Educational Institutions 29 

On Ministerial Education 29, 43 

On Nominations 54 

On Presbytery's Council 31, 54 

On Women's Work 45 

Committees Reporting (Standing) 

Bills and Overtures 33 

Installations 29, 46, 47 

Records 44, 45 

Resolutions 32, 54, 55 

Sessional Records 44, 45 

Synod's Records 45 

Communications 24, 25, 42 

Communion Service 37 



Page 

Directory 4, 5, 6 

Docket 24, 40, 41 

Docket Schedule 3 

History of Churches 

Mallard Creek Church 14-22 

Thomasboro 37, 38 

Manual Changes 

Adopted 82 

Defeated 58 

Introduced 31 

Matters Docketed for Next Meeting 32, 36 

Ministers 

Excused 24, 42 

Received 26, 43 

Minutes Read and Adopted 36, 58 

Moderator 

Elected 23, 40 

Nominated 30, 45 

Next Meeting 36, 58 

Opening Exercises 14, 37 

Pastoral Relationship Dissolved 42 

Presbytery Meetings Back Cover 

Recess 30, 44 

Recommendation of 

Rev. Leon Anderson 30 

Resolutions Adopted 33, 36, 58 

Retiring Moderator's Address 36 

Roll Call 22, 23, 39 

Roll of Churches 8-13 

Roll of Ministers 7 

Ruling Elders Introduced 23, 40 

Special Addresses 29, 45, 54 

Stated Sessions of Presbytery 14, 37 

Statistical Report to 

General Assembly 57, attached 

Treasurer's Reports 55, 56, 57 

Unionville Church Property 58 

Visiting Brethren 23, 40 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 

Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Nominations 

(e) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 :00 A. M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. L. I. Stell, Moderator of Winter Meeting 
Rev. H. B. Carter, Moderator of Spring Meeting 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1955) 
Rev. B. Frank Yandell, Permanent Clerk (1954) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1953) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1953) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years : 

1954 — Mr. George S. Crouch; Mr. H. W. Moore, Charlotte; 
Rev. W. L. Hall. 

1955 — Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 
Presbytery — 

1953— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 

1954— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte 

1955 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work : 

Chairman — Rev. Roswell C. Long 

1955 — Rev. R. C. Long, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. James Williams 
1953— Rev. B. F. Yandell, Rev. 0. M. Whitener, Mr. R. M. Williams 
1954— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. C. G. McClure, Mr. Walter Fraley. 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1953 — Rev. H. D. Hayward, Chairman 

1954 — Mr. Crosby Dunn 

1955— Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1953— Rev. J. W. Stork, Chairman 

1954— Mr. A. A. Porter 

1955— Rev. A. T. Taylor 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1953— Mr. Roy Todd 

1954— Rev. M. G. Lyerly 

1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1953 — Rev. Ben F. Moore, Chairman 

1954— Rev. S. H. Zealy 

1955— Mr. C. W. Wilson 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Church Extension 

Chairman — Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations 

1953— Rev. W. B. McSwain 

1954— Mr. G. D. Aitken 

1955— Rev. W. A. Gamble, Chairman ^ 

Sub Committee on Evangelism 

1953— Rev. W. T. Smith 

1954— Rev. W. R. Price, Rev. E. B. Cooper 

1955— Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman; Dr. Hamilton W. McKay 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1953 — Mr. Robert Covington 

1954— Rev. B. F. Moore 

1955— Rev. J. B. Ficklen, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1953 — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Mr. Beaumert Whitton, Rev. G. Dana 

Waters, Chairman, Mrs. C. W. Tillett. 
1954— Rev. W. L. Hall, Mrs. Irwin Belk, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson. 
1955— Rev. W. I. Howell, Jr., Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist. 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev. H. G. Bedinger 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1953— Rev. H. G. Bedinger 

1954— Rev. R. C. Long, Chairman; Dr. T. D. Sparrow 

1955— Rev. R. M. Kerr, J. W. Thomson 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1953 — Rev. T. W. MacLean, Chairman 

1954_Mr. John Otts 

1955— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

Sub Committee on Religious Education 

1953— Rev. F. C. Pratt, Rev. H. B. Carter 

1954— Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Chairman; Rev. M. B. Prince 

1955— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. S. W. Yandle 

Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Secretary of Ed. — Mrs. R. S. Query 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. H. B. Arbunkle 
Pres. of Youth Fellowship — Sam Inman, Jr. 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Mr. R. A. Grier 

1953— Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Mr. R. A. Grier 

1954— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Mr. R. L. Price, Rev. C. W. Potter 

1955— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The Moderator and The Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 



Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. R. F. Whitley 

1953— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., Mr. Dan S. Davis 

1954— Rev. H. V. Carson, Rev. C. H. Rowan, Mr. Paul Frye 

1955— Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. H. S. Robinson, Mr. P. F. Howerton 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Homes: 

Chairman — Rev, R. A. Young 

1953— Rev. R. A. Young, Rev. D. K. Snyder, Mr. Harvey B. Hunter 
1954— Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff, Rev. J. B. Holder, Mr. J. B. Watt 
1955— Rev. H. E. Mallinson, Rev. H. D. P. Pollard, Mr. D. G. 
Kimbrell 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. Jas. A. Jones 

1953 — Rev Jas. A. Jones, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. Angus Shaw 
1954 — Rev. A. L. Thompson. Rev. F. C. Debele, Mr. Harrell Auten 
1955— Rev. G. Dana Waters, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. T. M. 
Blackwelder 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF MINISTERS 



1. J. W. Grier 

2. C.H. Little 

3. J. W. Stork, D.D. 

4. W. H. Frazier, D.D. 

5. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 

6. M. E. Peabody 

7. W.H.Johnston 

8. J. C. McGehee 

9. B. Frank Yandell 

10. W. C.Copeland 

11. J. C. Grier 

12. T. R. Alexander 

13. A. T. Taylor 

15. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

14. H. C. Carmichael 

16. W.B. Neill 

17. C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 

18. R. A. Young, D.D. 

19. Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 

20. A. L. Roberts 

21. W. L Howell, Jr. 

22. Daniel K. Snyder 

23. T.H.Mitchell 

24. W.T.Smith 

25. Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 

26. Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 

27. F. R. McAlister 

28. R. H. Stone, D.D. 

29. E.L.Flanagan 

30. Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 

31. Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 

32. Chas. G.McClure, D.D. 

33. Sam M. Inman 

34. J. O. Mann, D.D. 

35. F.Clyde Pratt 

36. Jonas Barclay 

37. W. M. Walsh, D.D. 

38. F.S.Johnston 

39. Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 

40. A. Leslie Thompson 

41. Wm. A. Gamble 

42. Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 

43. Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 

44. C. C. McNeill, D.D. 

45. Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 

46. T.W. MacLean 

47. Homer A. Spencer 

48. Jno. A. Carriker 

49. Henry S. Robinson 

50. S. M. Hutchison 

51. C.H.Rowan 



52. R. C. Long, D.D. 

53. D. S. Chalabie 

54. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 

55. H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 

56. Carl S.Miller 

57. Ben F. Moore 

58. Hugh B.Carter 

59. Watt M. Cooper 

60. H. V. Carson, D.D. 

61. Harold D. Hayward, Th.D. 

62. G.Dana Waters 

63. Olin M. Whitener 

64. W. J. Huneycutt 

65. Daniel Carlton 

66. Samuel H. Zealy 

67. W. B. McSwain 

68. Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 

69. C. Wayne Potter 

70. F. C. Wilkinson 

71. D. E. Wilkinson 

72. E. B. Cooper 

73. Ira H. Rawles 

74. J. P. Holder 

75. Lawrence I. Stell 

76. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 

77. M. G. Lyerly 

78. A. H. Key 

79. R. W. Rayburn 

80. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

81. H. L. Thomas 

82. Hugh Pollard 

83. W. M. Boyce, D.D. 

84. Ruessell M. Kerr 

85. C. H. McLean 

86. J. B. Reaves 

87. Geo. A. Fletcher 

88. R. G. Laurens 

89. Robert G. Balnicky 

90. Stewart W. Yandle 

91. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

92. Kirk N. Nesbit 

93. B. F. Ferguson 

94. James R. Crook 

95. Milos Strupl 

96. Sheldon A. Koesy 

97. Crawford White 

98. J. S. Garner 

99. H. S. Schum 

100. S. Wylie Hogue 

101. W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF CHURCHES 

Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Albemarle First H. W. Davis J. T. Boysworth 

Box 392 Rt. 2 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. C. 0. Josey 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. B. Yarbrough Neal Yarbrough 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin Mrs. Sarah Reid 

504 E. Boundry Rt. 4, Box 332 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck James P. Sample 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale J. E. Kimbirl W. H. Sitton 

2820 Sunset Dr. 1321 Ordermore Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marbry S. E. Beck 

Badin, N. C. Badin, N. C. 

Banks Sam Kell M.. C. Cunningham 

Rt. 3, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 3, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Benton Heights Jack Morrison Neal Tucker 

601 Griffin St. 1108 Cherry St. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. Monroe, N. C. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 H. B. Knox 

Huntersville, N. C. Davidson, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb R. L. Long 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole J. Edgar Maness 

Biscoe, N. C. Biscoe, N. C. 

Brainerd Marvin McGill D. A. McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C.East Rockingham, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. B. Collins R. H. Crockford 

339 Clement Ave. 2117 McClintock Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildreth 

Rt. 3 Belk Bros. 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian M. C. McKenzie 

Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. 0. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek___-..R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First J. N. Stribling: 

2108 Dilworth Rd., E. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial W. H. Adams, Jr. 

Box 3247 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Commonwealth E. H. Austin 

1240 Greenwood Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Community John Cox 

Rt. 1, Box 71 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 746 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius R. E. Kennedy 

Box 337 
Davidson, N. C. 

Covenant J. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Eastminster E. C. Williamson 

1632 Westbury Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

Entwistle St. 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 

Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Hollis Gillis 
Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

James Major 

1741 Evergreen Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Jack Gathings 
Candor, N. C. 

T. M. Blackwelder 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

W. N. Ward 
202 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. 0. Stikeleather 

York Road 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

S. M. Fleetwood, Jr. 
5001 Elder Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Carl Henry 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Tom Smith, Jr. 
Rt. 6, Box 789D 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 
Cornelius, N. C. 



W. A. Montgomery 
1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 
2800 Shenandoah Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Carriker 
Ellerbe, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 
Pinecroft Industries 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 
Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Huntersville JE. F. Kumm 

Box 115 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Lee Park Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Mallard Creek...- W. B. Bingham 

Rt. 7, Box 612 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek 0. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. E. Efird 

Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay 

Cognac, N. C. 

Matthews — ..N. 0. Alexander 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. C. Reid, Jr. 

1222 S. Bigham St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison 

Wadesboro Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Morven W. E. Steagall 

Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M, Lee Mclnnis 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mike Dwyer 

Huntersville, N. C. 



M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 

B. A. Atwell 
409 Tallayrand 
Monroe, N. C. 
Worth Little 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Daniel J. McCaskill 
Box 236, Candor, N. C. 

A. S. Garrison 
Box 1826 
Charlotte, N. C. 

H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. C. A. Bolt 

Marshville, N. C. 

W. D. McKay 

Marston, N. C. 

W. R. Freeman 
Matthews, N. C. 

Leroy Lakey 
Rt. 9 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 
Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

Jack M. Threatt 
3218 Tuckaseegee Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Virgil Henderson 
429 Wadesboro Ave. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Sybil Huneycutt 
Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 
Herbert Lee Hargett 
Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. 

J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin J. R. Dutton 

Rt. 7, Box 1032 
Charlotte, N. C. 

New Salem O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 

Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

North Charlotte H. T. Orr 

701 Louise Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. 0. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue Virgil Bratton 

Box 91 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead. N. C. 
Philadelphia Fred O. Brown 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence- James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah J. W. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
Rt. 7 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Miss Va. Earnhardt 
Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

E. A. Montgomery 
Pageland, S. C 

J. W. Terry 
StarRt. 
Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
J. Ranson Lee 
Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

N. C. Grier 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C 

C. D. Bradford 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth W. J. Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Rourk J. C. Watson 

Route 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

St. Paul E. D. Jackson 

2621 Shenandoah Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Salem George Watts 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 

Sardis L. H. Pharr 

P. O. Box 4033 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Seigle Avenue Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Selwyn Avenue I. G. Wallace, Jr. 

205 Wales Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 3, Box 64 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Smallwood David Cameron 

401 Seldon Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

South Park G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Steele Creek L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

B. A. Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 
Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

R. C. McLean 
Box 612 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 
Cordovia, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Lawrence Phillips 

Rt. 1, Mt. Croghan, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 

Rt. 2, Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

S. B. Schulken 

2226 Chesterfield Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. H. Wheatley 

3136 Pinehurst Place 

Charlotte, N. C. 

William Stanford 
Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Frank F. White 
316 Melbourn Ct. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Mack P. Brown 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 



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13 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek J. P. Robinson 

1324 Biltmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C- 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity R. Z. Thomas, Jr. 

1955 Sharon Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 
Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 
U^alkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue H. Morrison Irwin, Jr. 

918 W. 5th St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills C. W. Hickman 

2961 Beechnut Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

F. S. Neal, Jr. 
801 Bromley Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

B. L. McQuay 
2235 Winthrop Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. P. Warren, Jr. 
4927 Doris Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
408 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Brown 

1617 Westbury Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W". Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C 

Richard S. Wilkinson 
513 Grandin Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. G. Sellers 

611 Clement Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



14 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The One Hundred Ninety-Ninth 

Stated Session of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church 
Route 10, Charlotte, N. C. 
January 20, 1953. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its One Hundred 
Ninety-Ninth Stated Session at the Mallard Creek Presby- 
terian Church, Route 10, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the 
above date. 

After the singing of a hymn, the Rev. Stewart W. Yandle 
led the Presbytery in the opening prayer. Dr. C. W. Robinson, 
the Moderator, brought a message centered about the life of 
Luke the physician and his association with the Apostle Paul. 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson led the Presbytery in prayer. 

History of Mallard Creek Church — Mrs. W. T. Alexander 
read the history of Mallard Creek Church which was adopted : 

THE HISTORY OF MALLARD CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

Old Mallard Creek Meeting House was built in the year 1824. 

Supply preachers were funished by the Concord Presbytery until the 

year 1825, and then an agreement was made with the Rev. Samuel C. 

Caldwell for one sixth of his time. 

One infant was baptised during Rev. Cadwell's pastorate. After the 
death of Mr. Caldwell, Mallard Creek was without a preacher except 
supply preachers from the Concord Presbytery until the year 1827 and 
then an agreement was made with the Rev. W. S. Pharr for one third 
of his time. 

The church was duly organized. Ruling Elders had been elected 
and ordained and the sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism 
were administered. 

To this newly organized church in connection with Ramah Church, 
Dr. Pharr continued to preach to the Mallard Creek congregation one 
half of his time as stated supply until his death on December 27, 1866. 
He served the congregation thirty-nine years. 

Mallard Creek Church flourished and grew under the wise leadership 
of the pastor. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 15 



Dr. Pharr served Ramah Church and lived in his own house in the 
Ramah neighborhood, but was buried in the old cemetery at Mallard 
Creek Church where he labored and was so dearly beloved. Ramah 
and Mallard Creek were the joint fields of his long and successful 
career as a servant of God. 

The following were the first ruling elders chosen by the Mallard 
Creek congregation: James Daugherty, Robert Query, Thomas Hope, 
Matthew Wallace, and Edwin Wier. 

William Manson Alexander was the only deacon Mallard Creek had 
until 1850. His name appears for the first time on the church records 
in 1830. He was the first clerk of the session. His last record was 
written July 27, 1849. He died May 29, 1850 in the sixty-seventh year of 
his life. Some elders died, other moved away. The following were elected 
to fill vacancies — Nathaniel Harris, Henderson Query, William Hutchison, 
and S. W. Caldwell. 

The first effort to build the new Mallard Creek meeting house was 
made August 24, 1854. Work commenced May 1, 1855 and finished 
May 1, 1856. 

Rev. Pharr set May 9, 1856 for the dedication of the new church, 
but there was still a debt to be paid before the dedication could be 
made. Rev. Pharr said that the people had given so much in material, 
labor, and money that he felt a delicacy in asking them to pay more, 
and yet it would have to be done in order to carry out the plans of the 
dedication. He made the appeal and the response was so liberal that 
the debt was paid in full, and enough left over to build the present 
Session House. This was a great day for Mallard Creek congregation. 

The costs of the building were — 

Building costs $2,897.00 

Cement 3.50 

Cementing 12.00 

Furniture 40.00 

Carpet, etc 54.50 

Advertising 2.00 

Stove 36.00 

Total Cost $3,045.00 

New Mallard Creek Meeting House was dedicated May 9, 1856 by 
a sermon preached by Rev. W. S. Pharr. 

S. C. Pharr, D.D., preached as a supply during the year 1867 one 
half of his time. 

The Rev. John J. Kennedy supplied during 1868. 

Walter W. Pharr was called as pastor of Mallard Church, May 9, 
1869 and was installed May 28, 1869 to serve one half of his time. 

During Rev. Walter W. Pharr's pastorate the ruling Elders were 
James Query (elected and ordained) 1845, John Kirk 1845, J. M. Earn- 
hardt 1869, William G. Garrison (dismissed) 1869, James R. Hutchison 
1869, B. H. Garrison 1845. The deacons were James Montieth (elected 
and ordained) 1868, Leander Query 1868, J. A. Dearmon 1868, F. E. 
Query 1868, and J. M. Alexander 1868. 



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In 1879, the call was made to the Rev. W. W. Pharr for all his time. 
The salary was $650.00 ($600.00 to be paid by the white members, and 
$50.00 to be paid by the colored people). Dr. W. W. Pharr was greatly 
beloved by the people of Mallard Creek, whom he served so faithfully 
until declining health caused him to resign as pastor on September 21, 
1884. Dr. Pharr lived in his own home in the congregation. 

E. A. Sample, a candidate for the ministry, preached at Mallard 
Creek during the months of November and December, 1884, and received 
as his pay $40.00 for services rendered. 

In February, 1885, Rev. W. E. Mcllwaine began to preach every 
other Sabbath at a stipend of $15.00 per day and his ministry lasted 
until the 19th day of April, when a call was made to the Rev. R. B. 
Morrow for all of his time at a salary of $700.00 per annum and the 
use of the manse. Mr. Murrow was installed as pastor of the Church 
on November 8, 1885, and his pastorate continued until November, 
1888. Rev. W. C. C. Foster preached from Februray 10, 1889 for the 
remainder of the year. 

Rev. J. B. Cochran, a licentiate, was called in January 1890, and was 
ordained and installed as pastor of the Church on May 9, 1890, and 
continued his service until August 26, 1891. 

The Rev. Rodger Martin, D.D., began his pastorate in 1892, and 
closed it in 1900. 

A short interim between the pastorages of Dr. Martin and that of 
Rev. Jonas Barclay was filled by J. T. Allison, who preached occasionally. 

On November 1, 1902, the Rev. Jonas Barclay began his ministry 
which lasted until the middle of the following year. In August, 1903, 
the Rev. J. E. Summers was called and he continued to be pastor until 
December 26, 1909. 

Rev. Sample preached a few months during 1910 as supply, and in 
September, Rev. J. L. Beatty came to the Church and remained until 
1913. 

In May, 1914, the name of Rev. John E. Wool appears as moderator 
and continues in the minutes until June, 1919. 

Rev. John G. Garth was supply for several months until the calling 
of Rev. L. E. Wells in 1920, who was pastor until September 17, 1922. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer began his ministry on the first Sunday of Novem- 
ber, 1922. He taught his Volunteer Band of Young People every Sabbath 
morning at 9:45, rain or shine. The young people of Mallard Creek 
were well drilled in the Bible and the Church history, also in all the 
tenets of the Faith of our Fathers. Mallard Creek celebrated her 100th 
Anniversary in 1924, with a big Homecoming and good preaching. 

In 1926, a movement was started for the purpose of erecting an 
educational building to relieve the congested condition of the Sunday 
School. During the first part of the year 1927, this house was erected 
and the main auditorium was repaired and refinished at a cost of 
$7,000.00. 

The church school has an able corps of teachers and faithful oflacers 
who kept the Sunday School moving in a forward march, ever on the 
alert to improve the school and increase its influence and usefulness. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 17 



The new pews were put in during Dr. Frazer's pastorate. Three 
pianos were also bought or donated. Dr. Frazer started a County-wide 
Barbecue on a small basis as a treat for his Volunteer Bible Class. 
It grew from year to year and the proceeds were used to pay for the 
Educational Building and other improvements. 

The Church Grounds were laid out, and shrubs and flowers were 
planted. 

The ingathering reached its height during Dr. Frazer's ministery. 
The men gave the cotton from an acre of land. The boys, girS, and 
women donated some produce to be sold for a Thank Offering for 
Barium Springs Orphanage. 

One year, we had a big truck-load of cotton bales with Dr. Frazer 
sitting on the tip-top of the load. The picture was taken in front of 
the Church, and will live in the minds of all those who saw it as a 
reminder of what can be done by a great leader and willing followers. 
These were the happy, thrilling days. Dr. Frazer had the faculty of 
making work seem like fun or pleasure. Everyone loved to work for and 
with him. 

Presbytery met at Mallard Creek in 1933. 

Dr. Frazer resigned his pastorate in 1938. 

Mr. C. N. Morrison was installed as pastor on the first Sabbath 
of November, 1938, and continued to serve the congregation until 1945 
when he resigned to accept a call to Bethesda Presbyterian Church 
in South Carolina. Mr. Morrison was an earnest faithful pastor, ever 
looking forward for something to keep the people busy in the Lord's 
work. 

Presbytery met at Mallard Creek October 20, 1942. 

More men and women took the courses sponsored by Queens College 
and the city churches than at any previous date. He saw that those 
teachers and officers who signified a willingness to go had a way to go. 

Mr. Morrison edited a Church Paper each month — ''The Mallard 
Creek Presbyterian." During the war, he sent a copy to each boy in 
the service. The boys were very appreciative, and wrote of thanks, tell- 
ing how much it meant to them to have the news from the Church 
and neighborhood. 

The Community House was fitted up as a play place for the young 
people. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison went with them, and guided their sports. 
The men had a baseball game on the playgrounds. "All work and no 
play makes Jack a dull boy," was their motto. 

Three or four young people attended camp at Cheraw every summer. 
Mr. Morrison always went along. 

Rev. W. S. Patterson was asked to supply the Church until a new 
pastor was called, which he did in a most acceptable manner. He kept 
the Church working and growing. He usually came with a car-full of 
people who had not been attending regularly — but who did attend from 
then on. Mrs. Patterson was a fine worker in the Sabbath School. The 
congregation was very fond of the Pattersons and as a token of their 
affection, the men built a garage at Davidson for them as a parting 
remembrance. 



18 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Henry Seymour Robinson was called as pastor in January of 1947, 
at a salary of $2,500.00, and the use of the new manse. The new manse 
is an eight room brick house, very conveniently arranged, with two 
baths, running water, central heat, electricity, Venetian blinds, cabinets 
enough to please any woman, and ample closets. The new manse was 
dedicated in a beautiful service by the pastor and his family on Decem- 
ber 8, 1948. Open huose was held for the members of the congregation. 

The men of the church give an annual Barbecue — the proceeds of 
which are applied to the building and grounds fund. 

The new manse was built from the accumulated funds of this source 
at a cost of approximately $20,000.00. A well was drilled in 1949, and 
rest rooms installed at the Church. 

Mallard Creek celebrated her 125th Anniversary on September 4, 
1949, with a big Home-coming and preaching by Dr. Walter W. Pharr, 
minister of Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. He is 
the grandson of Mallard Creek's beloved W. W. Pharr — a worthy son 
of a noble father and grandfather. All the kith and kin of the Pharr 
family came to the Homecoming, especially to hear Dr. Pharr preach. 
The Celebration continued all the next week, with fine preaching every 
night by Rev. C. 0. Williams, pastor of Chandler Rd. A.R.P. Church, 
of Brookhaven, Georgia, and good singing led by Gene Davis of Char- 
lotte. The Celebration closed the Second Sunday in September with 
the Celebration of The Lord's Supper. 

Under the wise guidance of the pastor. Rev. Henry S. Robinson, the 
attendance of both Church and Sabbath School has increased to the 
extent that the congregation had to provide more room for the fast 
growing Sabbath School. 

In the spring of 1950, a campaign was started to secure the necessary 
funds for a building. An architect was called in to estimate the cost 
of the building to meet the needs. The estimated cost was $35,000.00. 
The deacons canvassed the congregation for funds to start the build- 
ing. Those who had timber donated trees — others cut the timber and 
hauled the logs to the saw mill — so that there would be no money spent 
for lumber for the proposed building. The men of the Church worked 
Saturdays and two nights a week — doing such work that did not require 
skilled labor. The other work was done by contract. The building was 
completed in 1952. 

The Women's Work was first organized under the pastorate of Rev. 
W. W. Pharr. The first organization was known as the Female Benevo- 
lent Society. This is a copy of the charter of the first organization: 

State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County. We as the members 
of a benevolent Female Society belonging to the conc^regation of 
Mallard Creek Church for and in consideration of the manifold bless- 
ings which God has been pleased to bestow in His infinite mercy 
' upon us and for the many favors and privileges which we now enjoy, 
do consider it to be the imperative duty incumbent upon each one 
of us is the discharge of our Christian duties to contribute something 
for the promotion of His church and for the propagation of benevo- 
lent purposes in general and in view of these facts, we do hereby 
pledge ourselves to pay over to the treasurer of the aforesaid society 
the sums annexed to each of our names annually, as at such times 
as may be deemed the most appropriate by the Society to be used 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 19 



and disbursed with as aforesaid. This the 27 day of April, 1855. The 
most of the women of the church belonged to the Female Benevolent 
Society. 

The charter members were Elizabeth Alexander $1.00, Martha Query 
$1.00, Eliza Earnhardt 25c, Margaret McClean 25c, Hannah Garrison 
25c, E. S. Alexander $1.00, Isabella Query 50c, M. J. York 50c, Mary 
Hutchison $1.00, Elizabeth Cochrane 50c, Caroline Alexander 50c, Mar- 
garet L. Harry 50c, Elizabeth Wear 25c, Mary A. Alexander 20c, Mar- 
garet Pharr $1.00, Sophena Alexander $1.00, Mary Caldwell $1.00, Mary 
A. Caldwell 50c, Adeline Alexander 25c, Abey Orr $1.00, Margaret 
Dixon 25c, Nancy Dixon 25c, S. E. Dixon 50c. These names were added 
in 1856— Margery H. Alexander $1.00, Mary Huey $1.00, Mary Mc- 
Ginnis 25c, Jane C. Query 25c, Sarah M. Query 25c, E. M, Neel 25c, 
Adelade Kirk 50c, R. A. Alexander 25c, Mary Remes 25c. 

For a long time, the Benevolent Society met at the Church during 
the Spring Communion. Friday and Saturday were observed as prepara- 
tory services for the Communion on the Sabbath. All three days were 
strictly observed as a season of prayer and worship with two sermons 
daily. Later, the Church had spring and fall communions. The Female 
Society kept pace by having Spring and Fall meetings. In 1857, a Mis- 
sionary Society was formed, but we have no record of who belonged 
to this society. We find receipts given by the Church for money paid 
to the cause of missions. The Women's Missionary Society continued 
to function until the consolidation with the Ladies Aid Society in 1915. 

Mrs. W. T. Alexander was elected the first president in 1915, and 
Mrs. Martin Oehler was the last president of the Ladies Aid Society. 
We worked under the name of Ladies Aid and Missionary Society until 
July, 1922, when we became members of the Women's Auxiliary. We 
divided into circles, and have been working in small groups ever since. 

The women of Mallard Creek Church have been willing workers 
regardless of the name under which they worked. The women furnished 
the present church with carpets, rugs, communion sets, and Baptismal 
fonts. They also built the wire fence around the new cemetery, fur- 
nished the stove room and the pastor's study at the manse. This last 
information was found in an old letter written by the pastor R. B. 
Morrow to the N. C. Presbyterian in 1885. 

In July 1885, a committee was appointed to buy a tract of land not 
to exceed 25 or 30 acres for the purpose of erecting a manse for the 
pastor of the Church. The land and the erection of the manse combined 
did not exceed a $1,000.00. The house was a seven room, two story 
building with front and back porches, with a well installed on the back 
porch. A barn and a garden were enclosed with a fence on the property. 
Mr. R. B. Morrow was the first pastor to live in this manse. 

Mallard Creek Sabbath School was organized in June, 1861. B. H. 
Garrison was elected superintendent and John Kirk assistant superin- 
tendent. They served for thirteen years. Mr. Garrison resigned in 
1874, and McAmmie W. Caldwell was elected superintendent with John 
Kirk remaining assistant superintendent. They continued in this capa- 
city until September 18, 1876. 

The Sabbath School was reorganized on April 29, 1877. H. M. Dixon 
was elected superintendent and B. H. Garrison, assistant superintendent. 

In 1878, John R. Pharr was elected assistant superintendent. 



20 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



One of the significant things in the history of Mallard Creek Church 
is the loyalty of the membership to those things that have been proposed 
by their chosen and constituted leaders. We stand today in the midst 
of life looking back upon the gains which arise in our vision from the 
achievement of our forefathers. We look to the things which challenge 
us and call for our very best. We have a great heritage in what has 
been done; we have a great urge to do the things as nobly in our day 
as our forefathers did in their day. 

John and Henderson Dixon, Junius Hunter, Eldred Flow, Luther 
Query, William Benfield, and Homer Spencer have gone from this con- 
gregation and have preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in other Pres- 
byteries and in other Synods. 

The following members of Mallard Creek Church have served their 
fellowmen as doctors — Dr. J. H. Bigham, Dr. W. W. Pharr, Dr. J. W. 
Flow, Dr. Victor Hunter, Dr. Frank Flow, Dr. Gerden Foster, and Dr. 
James Moses Alexander. 

In two other lines of Christian endeavor, mention should be made of 
faithfulness in service. I refer first to the Clerks of the Session in this 
Church. Three names stretch over a long period of recording of the 
history of this organization. The one is B. H. Garrison, who began as 
clerk of session on May 27, 1853, and laid down his pen, retiring from 
this office on March 25, 1894. Another name is F. E. Query, who was 
elected to the office upon the retirement of Mr. Garrison and who con- 
tinued until October 7, 1900. Mr. R. W. Alexander made his first entry 
in the session book as clerk on May 2, 1901 and continued to be the 
faithful scribe who put down the things that were done in the church 
until his death, February 12, 1939. Mr. W. B. Bingham was then elected 
to succeed Mr. Alexander, and is the faithful clerk of the session at 
the present time. 

For twenty-one years. Ruling Elder J. C. Kirk wisely and faithfully 
served as Superintendent of the Sabbath School. He was noted for his 
punctuality — never late for Church or Sunday School — always at the 
post of duty in a quiet gentle manner. 

For twenty-six years, the Ruling Elder, H. Y. Galloway wisely guided 
the destinies of the Bible School of this congregation, with tact and 
wisdom. He secured teachers, effected organizations, directed the efforts, 
conserved and increased the interest, and made the Sunday School to 
be one of the outstanding Sunday Schools of a country church in the 
entire Southern General Assembly. Upon his resignation, March 31, 
1939, Ruling Elder J. A. Kirk was elected for a term of two years and 
faithfully guided the Sabbath School until the expiration of his term 
of office March 31, 1941. It was during Mr. Kirk's administration that 
the first Daily Vacation Bible School ever to be held in this church 
was conducted. 

The following is a copy of the present directory of the Church. 

(1952-53) 

The Session 

H. S. Robinson, Moderator W. B. Bingham, Clerk 

B. W. Alexander Fred R. Johnston 

Fred W. Alexander J. A. Kirk 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 21 



W. S. Benfield J. K. McLaughlin 

E. W. Christenbury W. O. Monteith 

George D. Deaton Charles H. Oehler 

L. C. Hunter W. S. Wilson 

The Diaconate 

Vester McLauglin, '54, Chairman E. F. McLaughlin, '53, Secretary 

0. B. Cochran, '53 0. M. Johnston, '54 

Alex S. Garrison, '53 J. W. Oehler, Jr., '54 

J. W. Garrison, '53 R. H. Caldwell, '55 

M. E. Oehler, '53 S. W. Christenbury, '55 

Bain Wilson, '53 Charles N. Fesperman, '55 

Jay M. Alexander, '54 C. J. Garrison, '55 

John M. Foster, '54 J. Allen Greer, '55 

J. L. Henderson, '54 Sam L. Penninger, '55 

Church Treasurer Alex S. Garrison 

Assistant Church Treasurer John M. Foster 

Building Fund Treasurer S. W. Christenbury 

The Sunday School 

Merle F. Untz Superintendent 

Charles N. Fesperman Assistant Superintendent 

Jennie Sue Christenbury Secretary 

Ralph G. McLaughlin Treasurer 

Mrs. Myrtle Crenshaw Superintendent Primary Department 

Mrs. R. W. Alexander, Jr Supt., Junior-Intermediate Department 

The Women of The Church 

Mrs. E. F. McLaughlin President 

Mrs. Charles N. Fesperman Vice-President 

Mrs. H. S. Robinson Secretary 

Mrs. J. E. Kirk Treasurer 

Mrs. W. T. Alexander, Sr Historian 

The Circle Chairmen 

Mrs. L. C. Hunter Circle Number 1 

Mrs. B. W. Alexander Circle Number 2 

Mrs. S. W. Christenbury Circle Number 3 

Mrs. J. T. Price Ava Morrison 

Mrs. R. W. Alexander, Jr. Mary and Martha 

Mrs. M. E. Oehler Patterson 

Men's Fellowship Club 

Merle F. Untz President 

W. T. Alexander Vice President 

Jay M. Alexander Secretary 

The Young People of The Church 

Jennie Sue Christenbury President 

Nancy Holland Vice President 

Beth Holland Secretary 

Gene McLaughlin Treasurer 



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Junior Fellowship Group 

Seymour Robinson President 

Bill Untz Vice President 

Zonelle Price Secretary- 
Kenneth Staton Treasurer 

Church Pianists 

John M. Foster Charles N. Fesperman 



As we stand in this crucial hour, looking upon what has been done 
and forward to what is yet to be done, we hear ringing in our ears 
the promise and assurance of our beloved Master — "Fear not, little flock, 
for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom" and 
we believe that as one man, this congregation will rise up to meet this 
challenge and carry on in the name and unto the glory of their God and 
Father. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled dur- 
ing the meeting of Presbytery. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, C. H. Little, J. W. Stork, W. H. Frazer, 
W. H. Johnston, B. Frank Yandell, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, C. D. 
Whiteley, R. A. Young, C. M. Boyd, D. K. Synder, W. T. Smith, R. H. 
Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, Jonas 
Barclay, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, A. Leslie Thompson, W. A. 
Gamble, Roy F. Whitley, C. E. S. Kraemer, Warner L. Hall, T. W. Mac- 
Lean, Henry S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, 
J. Cecil Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, Ben F. Moore, Hugh 

B. Carter, Watt M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana Waters, Olin M. 
Whitener, W. J. Huneycutt, Daniel E. Carlton, Samuel H. Zealy, W. B. 
McSwain, H. E. Mallinson, C. Wayne Potter, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilk- 
inson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, J. P. Holder, Lawrence I. Stell, 
J. Gilbert Kirckhoff, M. G. Lyerly, A. H. Key, R. W. Rayburn, H. L. 
Thomas, Hugh D. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, Russell M. Kerr, C. H. Mc- 
Lean, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnicky, Stewart W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, 
Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, James R. Crook, Milos Strupl, Sheldon A. Koesy, 
Crawford A. White— 70. 

Ruling Elders — David M. Morrow, Albemarle First; S. A. Boaz, Jr., 
Albemarle Second; J. C. Kuck, Amity; H. D- Aitken, Avondale; F. E. 
Crane, Banks; 0. V. Horton, Benton Heights; J. Boyce Knox, Bethel; 

C. P. Smart, Bethlehem; Roy W. Robinson, Caldwell Memorial; H. F. 
Baldwin, Cameronian; J. 0. Hawfield, Camp Greene, T. M. Blackwelder, 
Central Steele Creek; J. Y. Pharr, Jr., Charlotte First; R. Fred Dunn, 
Commonwealth; W. D. McClure, Cook's Memorial; John C. Bradley, 
Covenant; R. E. McCoy, Eastminister; A. R. Shaw, Jr., Hopewell; J. F. 
Henderson, Huntersville; R. F. Furr, Indian Hill; E. J. Stinson, Indian 
Trail; T. M. Hartsell, Locust; C. W. Allred, Macedonia; W. B. Bingham, 
Mallard Creek; Fred Horton, Marshville; A. M. Cathey, McGee; A. R. 
Cathey, McQuay Memorial; T. Carl McCain, Monroe First; Frank M. 
Nash, Mt. Gilead; John F. Eggleston, Mulberry; Louis L. Rose, Myers 
Park; G. D. Cloninger, Nevin; Fred A. Cochrane, Newell; W. R. Howie, 



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North Charlotte; W. S. Lisenby, Norwood; W. D. Vanderburgh, Page- 
land; Robert L. Killian, Paw Creek; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; J. R. 
Miller, Pineville; C. A. Kirkpatrick, Plaza; J. R. Currence, Pleasant 
Hills; J. A. Blakeney, Providence; A. M. Sims, Rehoboth; W. C. Flowers, 
Robinson; J. W. Craig, Jr., St. Andrews; E. G. Butler, St. Paul; Perry 
L. Alexander, Sardis; D. F. Westmoreland, Selwyn Avenue; H. P. Kirk- 
patrick, Sharon; I. W. Keels, Siler; K. W. Wiggins, Smallwood; G. 
Dewey Kluttz, South Park; R. F. Freeman, Steele Creek; Jack Baucom, 
Stephenson; J. Reid Abernathy, Sugaw Creek; E. L. Garrett, Sunset 
Hills; T. E. Gray, Tenth Avenue; E. G. Davis, Thomasboro; W. O. John- 
ston, Trinity; D. E. Glenn, Turner; D. F. Garriss, Wadesboro; S. W. 
Puckett, West Avenue; N. F. Quinn, Westminster; W. R. Price, Williams 
Memorial; H. F. Porter, Wilmore — 65. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presby- 
tery and invited to sit as visiting brethren: Rev. J. S. Garner 
of St. John's Presbytery ; Rev. Milton Faust of Concord Pres- 
bytery ; Rev. J. C. Jones, of the Newell Baptist Church ; Rev. 
S. A. Boyce of the Back Creek Associate Reformed Presby- 
terian Church ; Rev. Henry S. Schum of Guerrant Presbytery 
and Rev. Leon Anderson of Central Alabama Presbytery. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. Lawrence L Stell, Moderator 
Nominee was elected Moderator. 

Committee on Arrangements — The following report of the 
Committee on Arrangements was read and adopted: 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
follow the printed docket with the following modifications: 

1. That the first order immediately after the Reception of Ministers 
and Candidates be granted the Sub-Committee on Evangelism for the 
purpose of hearing The Rev. Milton Faust, Synod's Director of Evangel- 
ism. 

2. That immediately after the Presbytery has head Mr. Faust time 
be granted the Committee on Education to hear representatives from 
two of our colleges. 

3. That Presbytery take recess for lunch at 12:30 P.M. and reconvene 
at 1:30 P.M. 

4. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

H. S. Robinson, Chairman 



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DOCKET 

1. Opening- Exercises — Dr. C. W. Robinson, M.D., Retiring Moderator: 

2. Memorials. 

3. History of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church — Rev. H. S. Robinson. 

4. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduc- 
tion of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, Nominee. 

6. Report of Committee on Arrangements — Rev. H. S. Robinson. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. (Two Ministers and Two 
Elders.) 

1. Bills and Ovetures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Mr. Rufus A. Grier. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. R. F. Whitley. 

3. Committee on Education — Rev. H. G. Bedinger. 

4. Committee on Assembly's Work — Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff. 

13. Report of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

14. Election of Commissioners to the General Assembly. (Second order 
after lunch.) 

15. Unfinished Business. (Manual Change for second reading, Home 
Mission Sub-Corn.) 

16. New Business. (Amendments to Book of Church Order.) 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Comunications — The following Communications were read 
and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following Ministers requesting to be excused from at- 
tendance upon this session of Presbytery; Rev. Geo. A. Fletcher, S. M. 
Glasgow, J. A. Jones, Q. N. Huneycutt, H. V. Carson. The requests 
were granted. 



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2. From Synod^s Office urging Church Sessions to provide the office 
with a family mailing list of its members. This was received as in- 
formation. 

3. From Rev. W. H. Frazer requesting permission to labor outside 
the bounds of Presbytery for six months to engage in supply work in 
the Synod of Florida. The request was granted. 

4. From the Stated Clerk of the Synod announcements concerning 
certain supplemental offerings to be taken in the spring. This was 
received as information. 

5. From the sub-Committee on Home Missions of the Committee on 
Church Extension a request that the Presbytery deed the Manse on the 
Monroe Road to the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. The request was 
granted. 

6. From Synod's Committee on Radio reminding the Presbytery 
that the Synod had adopted the recommendation that Presbyterian 
Meditations be continued from January through Easter, 1953, with 
emphasis on Evangelism. Received as information. 

7. From Chaplain James B. Reaves reporting his labors and dili- 
gence in the service. Received as information. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures— Rev. C. S. Miller, Rev. R. C. Long, J. Y. 
Pharr, Jr., C. W. Robinson, Chairman. 

2. Installations — Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Chairman, Rev. F. S. John- 
ston, P. L. Alexander, J. W. Flowe. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. C. G. McClure, Chairman, Rev. Horace L. 
Thomas, Louis L. Rose, John C. Bradley. 

4. Resolutions — Rev. H. D. Hayward, Chairman, Rev. J. R. Crook, 
T. E. Gray, 0. V. Horton. 

5. Records of Presbytery — Rev. W. M. Boyce, Chairman, Rev. R. G. 
Balnicky, Dr. W. 0. Johnston, David M. Morrow. 

Report of Commission on the Minister and His Work — The 

following report of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to record. 

Since the last meeting of Presbytery, on request of Rev. J. B. 
Ficklen, the congregation concurring, the pastoral relation between Mr. 
Ficklen and the Covenant Church was dissolved and he was granted a 
letter of transfer to Albemarle Presbytery. 

The Commission has received and approved the following calls, and 
recommends that they be placed in the hands of the respective men at 
the proper time: 

1. From the Hopewell Church for the services of the Rev. Henry 
S. Schum. 

2. From the Oakboro and Ridgecrest churches for the services of 
Mr. Archie C. Graham, senior in Louisville Theological Seminary. 

3. From the St. Andrews Church for the services of the Rev. J. S. 
Garner. 

Roswell C. Long, Chairman 



26 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Ministers Received — The Rev. J. S. Garner and the Rev. 
Henry S. Schum seeking membership in Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery presented certificates of transfer from St. Johns Pres- 
bytery and Guerrant Presbytery respectively which were 
found in order and Presbytery proceeded to examine them ac- 
cording to the provisions of the Book of Church Order. The 
Examination was approved as satisfactory and the Ministers 
were enrolled upon their signing of the Covenant. 

A Call from St. Andrews Church was placed in the hands 
of Rev. J. S. Garner and was accepted by him. 

A Call from the Hopewell Church was placed in the hands 
of Rev. Henry S. Schum and was accepted by him. 

Commissions were appointed to install the Ministers (See 
report of the Committee on Installations.) 

Reports of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by the Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To install Rev. B. F. Ferguson at Pageland, Beulah & 
Salem Churches: 

The Commission to install Rev. B. F. Ferguson at Pageland, Salem 
and Beulah Churches met at Pageland Church on November 23, 1952 
at 10:30 A.M. 

The Commission was called to order by the Chairman, Rev. B. F. 
Yandell. 

Members present were: Rev. B. F. Yandell, Rev. Jonas Barclay, 
Elder, Dr. C. A. Bolt and W. D. Van Derburgh. 

The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. B. F. Yandell. 

Elder W. D. Van Derburgh was elected Clerk. 

The Commission joined with the congregation in a worship service 
in the Sanctuary. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell preached the sermon. 

Prayer of installation was by Rev. B. F. Yandell. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell propounded the constitutional questions and de- 
clared Rev. B. F. Ferguson the duly elected and installed pastor of 
Pageland Church. 

Rev. Jonas Barclay charged the pastor. 

Elder, Dr. C. A. Bolt charged the congregation. 

Rev. B. F. Ferguson pronounced the benediction. 

The Commission took recess until 3:00 P.M. 

The Commission reconvened at 3:00 P.M. at Salem Presbyterian 
Church and joined with the congregation in a worship service. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell presided. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell gave prayer of invocation. 



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Rev. C. H. Rowan preached the sermon. 

Prayer of Installation by Elder W. D. Van Derburgh. 

B. F. Yandell propounded the constitutional questions and declared 
Rev. B. F. Ferguson the duly elected and installed pastor of Salem 
Church. 

Rev. Jonas Barclay charged the pastor. 

Elder W. D. Van Derburgh charged the congregation. 

Rev. B. F. Ferguson pronounced the benediction. 

The Commission took recess until 7:30 P.M. 

The Commission reconvened at 7:30 P.M. at Beulah Church and 
joined with the congregation in a worship service. 

Prayer of invocation was by Rev. B. F. Yandell. 

Rev. Jonas Barclay preached the sermon. 

Prayer of Installation was by Rev. C. H. Rowan. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell propounded the constitutional questions and de- 
clared Rev. B. F. Ferguson the duly elected and installed pastor of 
Beulah Church. 

Elder W. D. Van Derburgh charged the pastor. 

Rev. C. H. Rowan charged the congregation. 

Rev. B. F. Ferguson pronounced the benediction. 

The minutes of the Commission were read and approved after which 
the Commission adjourned with prayer by Rev. C. H. Rowan. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell, Chairman 
Elder W. D. Van Derburgh, Clerk 

2. To install Rev. J. R. Crook at Mulberry Church: 

The commission appointed by Presbytery to install the Reverend 
James R. Crook pastor of the Mulberry Church met in the office of the 
church at 7:15 the evening of November 9. The following members of 
the Commission were present: The Reverends Roswell C. Long, alter- 
nate to the chairman Reverend Hugh B. Carter, Warner L. Hall, Milos 
Strupl, and Chas. M. Boyd, and Elders W. R. Crook and Emmett Crook, 
father and uncle respectively of the pastor to be installed. Dr. Long 
called the commission to order. Prayer was offered by Dr. Hall. Dr. 
Boyd was elected clerk. 

At 7:30 the commission repaired to the sanctuary. Dr. Long led 
the devotions, and after the sermon by Dr. Hall, propounded the con- 
stitutional questions. Elder W. R. Crook led in an installation prayer. 
Dr. Boyd delivered the charge to the pastor. Mr. Strupl charged the 
congregation. 

The commission followed by the officers of the church extended the 
right hand of greeting to the new pastor. After the benediction by the 
new pastor the members of the congregation extended to him and Mrs. 
Crook the glad hand of welcome. 

The commission returned to the church office. The minutes of the 
meeting were read and approved and the commission was adjourned 
with prayer. 

Chas. M. Bovd, Clerk 



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3. To ordain and install Mr. Crawford A. White at Locust 
and Indian Hill Churches: 

The Commission appointed, by Mecklenburg Presbytery, to ordain 
and install Mr. Crawford A. White, met in the basement of the Locust 
Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening, November 2nd, at 5:55 P.M. 
Those present were: Rev. Ben F. Moore of the First Church of Albe- 
marle, Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary, Rev. W. Ted Smith of 
Wilmore, and the elders from the Locust Church — John M. Jenkins, T. 
M. Hartsell, W. K. Helms, Leonard Barbee, Earnest Hatley, R. C. Tucker 
and Fetzer Hartsell. The meeting was called to order by the chairman, 
Rev. Ben F. Moore. Rev. Moore opened the meeting with prayer and 
Rev. W. Ted Smith was elected clerk. 

The Commission then joined the congregation for the ordination and 
installation service in the sanctuary. Rev. C. H. Rowan was invited to 
sit with the Commission. Mr. White preached the sermon from Isaiah 
53. A motion was made by Rev. Smith and seconded by Rev. Stone 
that the sermon be accepted as a satisfactory part of the ordination. 
The ordination prayer was led by Rev. Smith; the charge to Rev. White 
was made by Rev. Moore; and the charge to the congregation by Rev. 
Stone. After which. Rev. Ben F. Moore, presiding, declared Rev. C. A. 
White duly ordained and installed pastor of the Locust Presbyterian 
Church. Rev. C. A. White pronounced the benediction. 

The Commission reconvened at 7:30 P.M. at the Indian Hill Church to 
install Rev. White in this church. Rev. Ben F. Moore opened the meet- 
ing with prayer and Rev. W. Ted Smith preached the sermon from II 
Timothy 2:21. Rev. Moore charged the new pastor and Rev. Stone gave 
the charge to the congregation. Elders present from the Indian Hill 
Church were W. J. Lee and R. F. Furr. Rev. C. A. White pronounced 
the benediction. 

The Commission met after the two services and approved the min- 
utes and were dismissed with prayer. 

Ben F. Moore, Chairman 
W. Ted Smith, Clerk 

4. To install Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit at Matthews Church: 

The commission to install Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit pastor at Matthews 
Presbyterian Church met in the pastor's study at 7:15 P.M., November 
9, 1952. The commission was called to order by the Chairman, Dr. 
J. O. Mann and the meeting opened with prayer by Elder Frank C. 
Stanton. R. A. Grier was appointed secretary. Members present: Dr. 
J. O. Mann, Dr. S. M. Glasgow, Elders Frank C. Stanton, J. W. Russell 
and R. A. Grier, and by invitation and appointment of Presbytery, Rev. 
George M. Wilcox, pastor of Rocky River Church in Concord Presbytery. 

The commission then joined the congregation in the service of wor- 
ship in the sanctuary led by Dr. Mann. Dr. S. M. Glasgow preached 
the sermon from the text Isaiah 40:31. Dr. Mann propounded the con- 
stitutional questions which were answered affirmatively by the pastor- 
elect and the congregation and declared Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit duly in- 
stalled as pastor. The prayer of dedication was led by Dr. Glasgow. 
Rev. G. M. Wilcox charged the pastor and Elder R. A. Grier charged 
the congregation. The benediction was pronounced by the newly installed 
pastor. 



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The commission then retired to the study, reviewed and approved 
the minutes and adjourned with prayer by Dr. Mann, and then joined 
the congregation in the social hall in an informal reception honoring 
Rev. and Mrs. Nesbit. 

Rufus A. Grier, Secretary 

Synod's Director of Evangelism — The Rev. Milton Faust, 
the Director of Evangelism for the Synod of North Carolina 
addressed the Presbytery on the subject of Evangelism. His 
address was received with gratitude. 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education— The Rev. 
Roy F. Whitley, chairman of the Committee on Ministerial 
Education presented to the Presbytery Mr. Edgar Dean Byers 
of the Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church and Mr. Richard 
Moore Prather of the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church 
as candidates for the Gospel Ministry seeking to be taken 
under the care of Presbytery. Upon the recommendation of 
the Committee the Presbytery proceeded to examine the 
young men in accordance with the provisions of the Book of 
Church Order. The examination was approved as satisfactory. 
The Rev. Hugh B. Carter delivered the charge and Rev. C. E. 
S. Kraemer and Rev. C. G. McClure led in prayer. Mr. Byers 
and Mr. Prather were received under the care of the Presby- 
tery as candidates for the Gospel Ministry. 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted: 

We recommend the appointment of the following Commissions: 

1. To install Rev. J. S. Garner at St. Andrews Church; Rev. R. C. 
Long to preside and preach; Rev. M. G. Lyerly to propound the Con- 
stitutional questions; Rev. R. H. Stone to charge the pastor; Ruling 
Elder Nat White to charge the congregation. Alternate elders to be 
T. M. Glasgow and J. W. Craig, Jr. The time for the Installation service 
to be February 8, 1953 at 7:30 P.M. 

2. To install Henry S. Schum at Hopewell Church February 1, 1953 
at 7:30 P.M.; Rev. B. Frank Yandell to preside, propound the constitu- 
tional questions and to charge the Minister; Rev. J. E. Wayland on 
invitation of the Presbytery to preach the sermon, Rev. F. C. Pratt to 
charge the congregation. Ruling Elder T. M. Glasgow to lead the prayer 
of invocation, with elder C. L. Elliott as alternate. 

The quorum for these Commissions to be two Ministers and one elder. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Educational Institutions — 

The Sub-Committee introduced to the Presbytery Dr. C. C. 
Jernigan of Queens College and Dr. Ernest A. Beaty of David- 
son who addressed the Presbytery on the vital subject of our 
Educational Institutions. 



30 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

These addresses were received with pleasure and great 
profit. 

Recess — The Presbytery recessed at 12:30 for lunch and 
was led in prayer by the Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 1:30 P.M. and was led in prayer 
by the Rev. Watt M. Cooper. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. Hugh B. Carter was 
elected as Moderator Nominee for the next meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

Recommendation to Board of Christian Education — The 

Stated Clerk was requested to write a letter of recommenda- 
tion to the Board of Christian Education expressing the Pres- 
bytery's esteem for Rev. Leon Anderson who will soon take 
up his new work as Director of Christian Education for 
Snedecor Region. 

Amay James Church — The pulpit of the Amay James 
Church was declared vacant as of February 1, 1953 and the 
Rev. R. H. Stone was appointed Moderator of the Session until 
such time as a new pastor is secured. 

Report of Committee on Education — The Committee on 
Education made its report. The report was received as in- 
formation and the following recommendations were adopted: 

1. That a supplemental report of the Committee on Education be 
placed on the docket of the spring meeting of Presbytery. 

2. That the attention of our Ministers and churches be called to the 
World Day of Prayer for Students around the World, February 15, 
1953 and that appropriate observance of this event be made a part of 
the services on that Sunday. 

3. That December 27, 1953 be observed as Christian Student Night 
in our churches as one important means of strengthening the ties be- 
tween our students on College Campuses and their home Churches. 

4. That prospective College students and their parents in our 
churches be urged to consider fully the advantages offered by our Church 
colleges for the training they desire. 

5. That Presbytery hear Dr. J. R. Cunningham and Dr. C. C. Jerni- 
gan in behalf of Davidson and Queens College respectively as a part of 
the report. 

6. That Presbytery express its sincere appreciation to the Conference 
leaders and Counsellors for their fine work with the Young People at 
Camp Stewart. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 31 

7. That individual Churches be encouraged to accept projects for 
the improvement of the property and equipment of the Camp. 

Report of Committee on Assembly's Work — The Commit- 
tee on Assembly's Work made its report which was received 
as information. The following recommendations were adopted : 

1. That the Churches observe World Mission Week, January 25th 
through February 1st as a period for special self denial and prayer on 
behalf of World Missions. 

2. That pastors present the urgent need for prayer and gifts for 
the missionary enterprise at this season of the year and express thanks 
to God for the many new young workers who have gone forth during the 
past year. 

Commissioners to the General Assembly elected — The fol- 
lowing Commissioners to the General Assembly meeting at 
Montreat, N. C. on June 4, 1953, were elected: 

Ministers Principals Ministers Alternates 

H. S. Robinson Warner L. Hall 

R. H. Stone W. A. Gamble 

F. C. Debele, Jr. 0. M. Whitener 

J. W. Grier E. B. Cooper 

A. T. Taylor C. H. Little 

L. I. Stell Watt M. Cooper 

H. G. Bedinger R. M. Kerr 

Ruling Elder Principals Ruling Elder Alternates 

A. R. Shaw, Jr. — Hopewell B. A. Sutton — Commonwealth 
Dr. J. M. Alexander — Myers Park D. H. Dunn — Mulberry 
Dr. Hamilton W. McKay- 
Myers Park J. M. Shinn — Plaza 
E. W. McKnight— Williams 

Memorial W. X. Yerton — Newell 

P. F. Howerton— Charlotte First E. D. Byers— Sunset Hills 

R. L. Puckett— West Avenue F. C. Skeen— St. Pauls 

W. H. Barnhardt — Myers Park J. W. Craig, Jr. — St. Andrews 

Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council 
made the following recommendations which were adopted. 

Presbytery's Council recommends: 

1. That Presbytery change its Manual so as to abolish the rule 
concerning the special order for the election of Commissioners to the 
General Assembly, the rule now being that commissioners shall be 
elected the second order after lunch. 

2. That Presbytery make no change in the present arrangement of 
the Committee on Education and Ministerial Education as recommended 
by the Board of Education for the reason that we feel that our present 
arrangement provides adequately for the care of business as desired by 
the Board. 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg in its 199th Stated Meeting at the 
Mallard Creek Church expresses its gratitude to God for the evident 
prosperity in the things of eternal value here at this Church, of v^hich 
its outv^ard sign, in plant and surroundings is symbol and so well ex- 
pressed in the history read to us by Mrs. W. T. Alexander, Sr. 

The Presbytery notes v^th pleasure the able leadership of the Minis- 
ter, the Rev. H. S. Robinson and the cordial v^elcome granted to us while 
here. 

The Presbytery wishes to express its appreciation for the splendid 
luncheon served by the Women; for the flowers which have graced the 
Sanctuary and for all who have made this meeting a happy occasion. 

The Presbytery would convey through the Minister and the ruling 
elder delebate from this Church here today, its thanks to the congrega- 
tion and to assure them of its prayers. 

Report of Committee on Records — The Committee on the 
Records of Presbytery made the following report which was 
adopted : 

The Committee has examined the printed minutes of Presbytery for 
the 197th and 198th Stated Sessions and for the Called meetings held 
at First Church, Charlotte, N.C., August 19, 1952, and Davidson College, 
Davidson, N. C, September 3, 1952, and finds them to be in excellent 
order. 

In reference to the matter referred to the Committee relative to the 
report of Rev. R. F. Boyd concerning the academic standard of Bob 
Jones College, your committee is of the opinion that this report would 
have to be resubmitted to the Presbytery before inclusion in the minutes. 

The Committee would recommend that Presbytery commend the 
clerks for their diligent service. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. W. M. Boyce, Chairman 

Rev. R. G. Balnicky 

Elder D. M. Morrow 

Elder W. O. Johnston, Secretary 

Manual Change Adopted — The following change in the 
Manual of Presbytery was adopted on final reading: 

That the Sub-Committee on Negro Work be combined with 
the Sub-Committee on Home Missions and that the member- 
ship of the sub-committee on Home Missions be increased by 
three. 

Home Missions Sub-Committee — The request that Execu- 
tive Powers be granted the sub-committee on Home Missions 
was ordered placed on the docket for consideration at the 
next meeting of Presbytery. 



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Report of the Sub-Committee on Christian Relations — A 

verbal report of the sub-committee on Christian Relations was 
made and received as information. 

Report of Committee on Bills & Overtures — The Committee 
on Bills and Overtures reported that the following overture 
had been placed in their hands and recommended that it be 
adopted and sent to the General Assembly. The report was 
adopted. 

''Resolved that Mecklenburg Presbytery overture the Gen- 
eral Assembly to appoint an Ad-interim Committee to study 
the matter of Church attendance, and formulate, if it sees 
fit, a pastoral letter to be read in all churches concerning this 
important matter." 

Resolution Adopted — The following resolution was adopted : 

'That Presbytery deeply deplores the growing use of Alco- 
holic beverages and its attendant evils in our state and nation 
and earnestly urges its ministers and members to use all 
proper means at their command to discourge their manufac- 
ture, advertisement, sale and use." 

Proposed Amendments to Book of Church Order — The 

Presbytery approved all of the following proposed amendments 
to the Book of Church Order: 

The General Assembly of 1952 approved and sent to the 
presbyteries for their advice and consent the following amend- 
ments to the Book of Church Order: 

1. Amendment to Paragraph 70. (Page 53 of Minutes) 

When the membership of any church exceeds one thousand, one addi- 
tional representative may be sent for each additional one thousand, or 
major fraction thereof. He shall have the privilege of the floor and shall 
be entitled to one vote. 

2. Amendment to Paragraph 126. (Page 53 of Minutes) 

12. That overture 12 from the Presbytery of Bluestone, requesting 
that paragraph 126, Book of Church Order, be amended, be answered in 
the affirmative, so that the second sentence of the third section of para- 
graph 126 M^ould read, "The relation shall be established and terminated 
by agreement between the Session and the Assistant Pastor, Mission 
Pastor, or Minister of Education involved." The amendment would bring 
sentence two into harmony with sentence one of the same paragraph, 
as amended in 1951. The above proposed amendment is sent to the 
presbyteries for their advice and consent. 



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3. Amendment to Paragraph 126. (Page 81 of Minutes) 

1. That the General Assembly propose to the Presbyteries that The 
Book of Church Order be amended by adding the term "Minister to 
Students" to the list of official titles recognized in Paragraph 126, and 
add the following explanatory section: 

A Minister to Students is a Minister called by a particular church, 
a combination of churches or other Church courts, or by a special 
ecclesiastically controlled committee to perform the functions of a 
Pastor to students. Such a call shall be approved by the Presbytery 
within whose bounds the work is, and such a Minister shall be installed 
according to the provisions of Paragraph 138A. (See below.) 

4. Addition of Paragraph 138 A. (Pages 81 and 82 of Minutes) 

2. That the General Assembly propose to the presbyteries that The 
Book of Church Order be amended by adding a new paragraph in Chap- 
ter XXV; such paragraph to be inserted between Paragraphs 138 and 
139 and be designated 138A; and such paragraph to read as follows: 

"When a Minister to Students shall be called, not by a particular 
church, but by a combination of churches or other Church courts, or by 
a special committee, Presbytery having given its approval, arrangements 
for his installation shall be made by the Presbytery in which he is to 
labor and at the request of the group which has direction of his work. 

"The form of installation shall follow a procedure similar to that 
of a Pastor, using the following questions: 

(1) Are you willing to accept the charge of this group of students 
as their Minister, agreeably to your declaration in accepting your call? 

"(2) Do you conscientiously believe and declare, as far as you know 
your own heart, that, in taking upon you this charge, you are influenced 
by a sincere desire to promote the glory of God and the good of the 
Church ? 

"(3) Do you solemnly promise that, by the assistance of the grace 
of God, you will endeavor faithfully to discharge all the duties of a 
Minister to Students, and will be careful to maintain a deportment in 
all respects becoming a Minister of the Gospel of Christ, agreeably to 
your ordination engagements?" 

The Minister having answered these questions in the affirmative, 
the presiding Minister shall propose to the representatives of the Church 
court, courts, or other Church agencies under whom he has to serve and 
to whom he is responsible, the following questions: 

"(1) Do you continue to profess your readiness to receive 

whom you have called to be your Minister to Stu- 
dents ? 

"(2) Do you promise to encourage him in his labors and to assist 
his endeavors for the glory of God, and to the edification of the Church ? 

"(3) Do you engage to continue to him while he is your Minister 
to Students, that competent worldly maintenance which you have prom- 
ised, and to furnish him with whatever you may see needful for the 
honor of religion and for his comfort among you?" 



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5. Amendment to Paragraph 263. (Pages 54 of Minutes) 

When a minister, against whom there are no charges, does not en- 
gage in any definite work in the church for a period of two years, that 
fact shall be reported to his Presbytery by the Commission on the Minis- 
ter and His Work. The Presbytery shall then require the minister to 
show cause why he should not be divested of his office. In case there is 
a divestiture, it shall be construed as without censure. This provision 
shall in no way interfere with honorary retirement because of age or 
disability. 

6. Amendment to Paragrahp 303. (Page 53 of Minutes) 

303. When a church member shall remove his residence beyond the 
bounds of the congregation of which he is a member, so that he can no 
longer regularly attend its services, it shall be his duty to transfer his 
membership by presenting a certificate of dismission from the Session 
of the church of which he is a member to the church with which he 
wishes to unite. The Session must grant such a certificate to any mem- 
ber of the church who is in good standing, if it be requested for another 
church in our own denomination, or one recognized by our own as a true 
branch of the Church of Jesus Christ. 

The Session may receive members by certificate from other churches 
in our own denomination or in any other denomination recognized by 
our own as a branch of the true Church. 

The Session may receive members by verbal statement when it is 
impossible or impracticable for applicants for membership to receive 
or secure certificates of dismission from their churches. This verbal 
statement is understood to be a simple statement to the effect that 
membership in good standing is held in a church which is recognized by 
our own as a true branch of the Church of Jesus Christ. In all such 
cases the Session shall record such members as having been received 
on certificate. 

The Session may receive members by restatement or by reaffirma- 
tion of faith in Jesus Christ, it being understood that restatement and 
reaffirmation are synonymous. Such restatement or reaffirmation is 
understood to mean more than the simple statement that at one time the 
applicant was a member of some church. It is understood to mean, under 
examination by the Session, a restatement or reaffirmation of personal 
faith in Christ as Saviour and of willingness to promise to serve Him to 
the best of one's ability when received into the membership of the 
Church. In all such cases the Session shall record such members as 
having been received on reaffirmation. 

When a Session receives a member by statement, restatement or re- 
affirmation, the church of which he was a member shall be duly notified, 
when this is possible. 

7. Amendment to Paragraph 363. (Page 53 of Minutes) 

363. When persons are received from other churches by letters of 
dismission, by statement of their active membership in some other 
church, or by reaffirmation of faith, their names are to be announced 
to the congregation, with a recommendation of them to its Christian 
confidence and affection. 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Retiring Moderator's Address — Presbytery adopted a mo- 
tion that the Retiring Moderator's address be made available 
and that copes be sent to our Church papers for publication. 

Resolution and Prayer for President — Presbytery paused 
in its deliberations to engage in prayer for the President, 
Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Stated Clerk was instructed to 
send a message to the President assuring him of the prayers 
of the Presbytery. 

Invitation Accepted — Presbytery accepted the invitation of 
the Session of the Paw Creek Church to meet with them for 
the summer Stated Session. 

Next Meeting — Presbytery accepted the invitation of the 
Thomasboro Church to meet with them for its spring meet- 
ing, April 21, 1953. 

Address Docketed for Next Meeting — An Address on the 
work of the Chaplain was docketed for the next meeting of 
Presbytery. The Rev. James R. Crook is to be the speaker. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The minutes were read and adopted. 

Rev. Lawrence I. Stell led the closing prayer and Presby- 
tery adjourned to meet April 21, 1953, at 9 A.M. at the 
Thomasboro Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N. C. for its 
next Stated Session. 

Lawrence I. Stell, Moderator. 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 37 



The Two Hundredth Stated Session 

of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Thomasboro Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
April 21, 1953. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundredth 
Stated Session in the Thomasboro Presbyterian Church in 
Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Moderator, Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, presiding led the 
Presbytery in its opening exercises of worship and preached 
on the subject "Christian Living." 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated. Rev. 
Russell M. Kerr and Rev. R. G. Balnicky had charge of the 
service. 

The Presbytery was led in its opening prayer bv the Rev. 
S. H. Zealy. 

History of Thomasboro Church — The following supple- 
ment to the History of the Thomasboro Presbyterian Church 
was read by Mr. T. C. Wright and was adopted. 

SUPPLEMENT TO HISTORY APRIL 1948-APRIL 1953 

On April 20, 1948, during the pastorate of the Rev. J. L. Griggs 
Mecklenburg Presbytery met at Thomasboro Presbyterian Church with 
180 ministers and ruling elders present. At this meeting a brief history 
of the church to that date was read. 

The intervening years for this church have been very significant 
ones marked by unusual growth in all phases of the work. The spirit 
of unity, ever a possession of this church since her inception, was never 
more prominent. For this, we are grateful to our Triune God. 

The building program which was begun in 1947 was completed. On 
December 5, 1948 a Home Coming and Consecration service was held 
with four former pastors and two ministers who were sons of the church 
taking part in the service. 

At a congregational meeting February 20, 1949 it was decided to 
sell the manse at 225 Bradford Drive and rebuild at a new location. It 
was sold for $7500.00, and a lot was purchased at 111 Bradford Drive 



38 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



from the J. E. Thomas estate at a cost of $1530.00. In November 1949 
plans were completed for the erection of a new manse, and the build- 
ing responsibility was entrusted to W. H. Baker and B. L. Thomas. 
Construction began promptly and progressed rapidly. By the end of 
March 1950 the two story brick residence with eight rooms was. com- 
pleted at an approximate cost of $19,000.00. 

On Januray 29, 1950 the Rev. J. L. Griggs announced to the con- 
gregation his resignation as pastor of this church to accept a call to 
Gordon Street Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga. At a congregational 
meeting February 5, 1950 the congregation reluctantly concurred in 
Mr. Grigg's request to dissolve pastoral relations with this church. At 
this time a nominating committee was appointed to secure a new pastor 
as follows: B. L. Thomas, W. H. Baker, M. R. Moore, and Mrs. Roy 
Gwaltney. 

The membership continued in their faithfulness and supported this 
committee with their prayers. The committee worked diligently in 
their search for a new pastor, and was one day led to the First Presby- 
terian Church, Washington, N. C. to hear the Rev. Samuel H. Zealy. 
Mr. Zealy was invited to visit the field and to preach for us, which he 
did on April 30, 1950. A call was formerly extended to Mr. Zealy on 
May 1, 1950. His reply of acceptance was glorious news. He preached 
the first sermon as pastor on June 18, 1950 and was installed September 
3, 1950. 

Under the efficient leadership of Mr. Zealy the church has attained 
new heights. Mr. Zealy has stressed Visitation Evangelism and Tithing. 
As a result 188 members have been added to the church, and 170 
persons are listed as tithers. There is now a membership of 538. Our 
new church school is flourishing with a most capable staff at its helm. 
Among our problems at the present is inadequate space. The enroll- 
ment is 346 with an average attendance of 282. There are 17 elders and 
16 deacons. 

With a view toward future expansion of the educational plant, a 
house and lot near the church was purchased in June 1952, and com- 
plete payments were made in October of the same year. 

The services of Miss Mae McClure, graduate of Queens College was 
secured as Director of Religious Education effective September 1, 1952. 

Two of our young men have this year offered themselves as candi- 
dates for the ministry — George Edward Melton who is now a Junior at 
Davidson College and Roy Gwaltney III who is a Junior at Columbia 
Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga. 

All departments of the church are well organized and functioning. 
Interest is high on the part of the members. A monthly letter by our 
pastor to every family keeps us a well informed church. 

Mr. Zealy has faithfully and fearlessly preached the Word of God. 
He has stressed spiritual growth, and stewardship of our time, talents, 
and possessions. 

The total contributions to Benevolences this year was $4,701.00. The 
total expenditures amounted to $43,313.00. 

We gratefully acknowledge God's guidance in all our ways. 

Historian 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting: 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, C. H. Little, J. W. Stork, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yandell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, 
Jr., W. B. Neill, C: D. Whiteley, R. A. Young, Chas. M. Boyd, W. I. 
Howell, Jr., D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, F. C. 
Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. 
Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thompson, W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whit- 
ley, C. E. S. Kraemer, Warner L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, J. A. Carriker, 
H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. Law- 
rence H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, Hugh B. Carter, Watt 
M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana Waters, O. M. Whitener, W. J. 
Huneycutt, D. E. Carlton, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, Roy E. Hoke, 
C. Wayne Potter, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. 
Rawles, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, A. H. Key, R. W. Rayburn, H. L. 
Thomas, H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, Russell M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, 
G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnicky, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Way- 
land, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, James R. Crook, Miles A. 
Strupl, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, Henry S. Schum— 76. 

Ruling Elders — Fetzer Hartsell, Albemarle First; S. A. Boaz, Jr., 
Albemarle Second; Walter Crook, Altan; L. D. Campbell, Amity; J. E. 
Kimbril, Avondale; L. A. Fesperman, Badin; S. H. Kell, Banks; Arthur 
Brown, Bethel; Buford A. Price, Bethlehem; E. H. Webb, Beulah; J. 
Edgar Maness, Biscoe; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; Hewitt Haney, 
Cameronian; W. L. Currie, Candor; C. B. Choat, Central Steele Crook; 
B. Gales McClintock, Charlotte First; Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Memo- 
rial; C. Clarence Austin, Commonwealth; Robert Lathan, Cook's Me- 
morial; J. E. Baxter, Cornelius; H. Harold Thompson, Covenant; J. W. 
Conder, Eastminster; Ralph Cox, Ellerbe; Vance Sykes, Hamlet; Joe 
L. Puckett, Sr,, Hopewell; LeGette Blythe, Huntersville; J. W. Shaffer, 
Indian Trail; F. M. Hartsell, Locust; D. L. McDonald, Marks Creek; 
W. M. Lovin, McLean Memorial; H. W. Hoover, McQuay Memorial; 
W. G. Wall, Monroe First; Harold McFayden, Mt. Carmel; George A. 
Springs, Mulberry; J. P. Hobson, Myers Park; Harry T. Orr, North 
Charlotte; F. A. Wentz, Norwood; E. O. Ross, Oakboro; W. P. Vander- 
burgh, Pageland; E. W. Campbell, Paw Creek; J. V. Ussery, Pee Dee; 
J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; Roy G. Starnes, Pineville; W. F. Owen, 
Plaza; John G. Boyd, Pleasant Hill; J. A. Blakeney, Providence; Lamont 
Mayes, Ramah; Grover Furr, Ridgecrest; A. M. Stafford, Robinson; 
Sam T. Snoddy, Rockingham First; B. R. Howell, St. Andrews; J. L. 
Nance, St. Paul; L. H. Pharr, Sardis; Roy I. Doster, Seigle Avenue; J. 
Aubrey Chrisman, Selwyn Avenue; W. B. Kiser, Sharon; Page Price, 
Siler; James R. Perry, Six Mile Creek; David Cameron, Smallwood; C. 
Stough Garrison, Steele Creek; B. F. Kimbrell, Stephenson; J. Preston 
Robinson, Sugaw Creek; E. D. Byers, Sunset Hills; C. L. Elliott, Tenth 
Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; Dr. John O. Lafferty, Trinity; Dr. 
S. H. McCall, Troy; J. C. Richardson, Turner; F. P. Boyles, Wadesboro; 
E. P. McCain, Walkersville ; H. W. McLaughlin, Waxhav/; Boyce L. 
Ranson, West Avenue; Ben E. Douglas, Westminster; W. H. Spivey, 
Westover Hills; Elmer A. Todd, Williams Memorial; L. C. Helms, Wil- 
more — 76. 



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The following ministers were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren : Dr. W. Gatewood Work- 
mam, Dr. Charles Eberhardt, Rev. Jerome Fleischer, Rev. D. 
Wylie Hogue, Rev. Carl Key. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — Rev. Hugh B. Carter, Moderator- 
Nominee was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted. 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that Presbytery 
adopt the printed docket with the f ©lowing modifications: 

1. That immediately after the reception of ministers and candidates 
and before lunch if time permits the Presbytery resolve itself into the 
committee as a whole for the purpose of examining the Sessional 
Records. 

2. That, when the above business has been cared for and completed 
the second set order after lunch be the report of the sub-comniittee on 
Women's Work. 

3. That the third order after lunch be the hearing of the Rev. James 
R. Crook on the Work of the Chaplain. 

4. That the fourth order be the report of the sub-committee on 
Religious Education. 

5. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 12:30 and reconvene at 1:30, 

6. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

7. Rev. Carl R. Key be heard regarding C.R.O.P. 

S. H. Zealy, Chairman 

L. I. Stell 

F. C. Debele, Jr. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Retiring Moderator's Sermon — Rev. Lawrence 
I. Stell. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials. 

4. Supplement to the History of Thomasboro Presbyterian Church — 
Rev. S. H. Zealy. 

5. Enrollment: Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduction 
of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 



6. Election of Moderator — Rev. Hugh B. Carter — Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. S. H. Zealy. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 

6. Sessional Records. 

9. Communications. 

10. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

11. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Committee on Church Extension — Rev. J. C. Lawrence. 

2. Presbytery's Council — Mr. Rufus A. Grier. 

3. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. R. F. Whitley. 

4. Sub-Committee on Woman's Work — Rev. R. W. Rayburn. 

14. Report of Standing Committees, (see 8 above.) 

15. Report of Treasurers and Trustees. 

16. Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly. 

17. Unfinished Business. 

1. Rev. J. R. Crook to address Presbytery on the work of the 
chaplain. 

2. To consider commitment of executive powers to Sub-Committee 
on Home Missions. 

3. Manual change second reading abolishing rule for special order 
for the election of commissioners to the General Assembly. 

18. New Business. 

19. Place of Next Meeting. (Paw Creek Presbyterian Church.) 

20. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

21. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

22. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Ovetures — Rev. L. I. Stell, chairman; Rev. G. Dana 
Waters, Stough Garrison, Reid Shoemaker. 

2. Installations — Rev. H. G. Bedinger, chairman; Rev. Hugh D. P. 
Pollard, J. L. Nance, Robert Latham. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. C. H. Rowan, chairman; Rev. C. S. Miller, 
J. P. Hobson, W. F. Owen. 

4. Resolutions — Rev. T. W. MacLean, chairman; Rev. A. T. Taylor, 
J. W. Flowe, and C. L. Liles. 

5. Synod's Minutes — Rev. C. G. McClure, chairman; Rev. W. I. 
Howell, Jr., Dr. J. 0. Lafferty, Elmer Todd. 



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6. Sessional Records — Rev. F. C. Pratt, chairman; Rev. Stewart 
Yandle, W. T. Wall, C. L. Elliott. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated: 

1. From the following ministers asking that they be excused from 
attending the meeting of Presbytery; Rev. J. P. Holder, Rev. H. V. 
Carson, Rev. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff, Rev. F. R. McAlister, Rev. Sheldon 
A. Koesy. The requests were granted. 

2. From Mr. T. S. McPheeters presenting his resignation as a Trus- 
tee of Davidson College. His resignation was accepted. 

3. From the Board of Christian Education acknowledging receipt of 
letter from the Stated Clerk commending Rev. Leon Anderson. Re- 
ceived as information. 

4. From the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 
expressing appreciation to the Presbytery for their encouraging mes- 
sage on Inauguration Day. 

5. From the Session of the Waxhaw Church and the Rev. C. Wayne 
Potter asking Presbytery to dissolve the Pastoral relationship existing 
between them effective August 25, 1953. The request was granted and 
the Pastorial relationship was dissolved effective on the above date. 

6. From Chaplain James B. Reeves informing Presbytery of his 
where abouts and his diligence. Received as information and the Stated 
Clerk was instructed to communicate with our chaplains and assure 
them of our interest and prayers. 

7. From the Division on Evangelism calling attention to the Pre- 
Assembly Conference on Evangelism. Received as inform.ation. 

8. From the Presbytery of Winston- Salem, a letter of transfer for 
Mr. C. Don Coffey, a Candidate under the care of that Presbytery. Mr. 
Coffey was received as a candidate for the Gospel Ministry under the 
care of Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

9. From William E. Newton, a Candidate for the Gospel Ministry 
under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery, requesting transfer to Brazos 
Presbytery. The request was granted. 

10. From the following churches requesting permission to raise 
their pastors salaries: Trinity, Charlotte First, North Charlotte; Wil- 
more; Sunset Hills; Providence; Thomasboro; Avondale; Locust; Central 
Steele Creek; Sugaw Creek; Caldwell Memorial; Steele Creek; McGee. 
The requests were granted. 

Presbytery Pauses for Prayer — Presbytery was led in 
prayer by Rev. R. A. Young in behalf of our Chaplains and 
the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — The 

following Report of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to records. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 43 



1. Members Dismissed: Cannidate R. L. Morgan to Winchester Pres- 
bytery; Rev. H. E. Mallinson to Norfolk Presbytery; Candidate C. C. 
Caldwell to Enoree Presbytery; Candidate Fred McAllister, Jr., to Kings 
Mountain Presbytery. 

2. Members Approved: Rev. C. M. Coffey for Ridgecrest and Oak- 
boro; Rev. S. Wylie Hogue for Banks, Six Mile Creek, Rehoboth and 
Unionville Churches. 

3. The Commission asks: 

That the Moderator be requested to write a letter of condolence to 
the family of the late James W. Armstrong, a valued member of this 
commission. 

That the committee on nominations be requested to present the name 
of a man to fill this vacancy. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Roswell Long, Chairman 

Ministers Received-^The following Ministers seeking mem- 
bership in Mecklenburg Presbtery, presented certificates of 
transfer which were found in order : Rev. W. Gatewood Work- 
man, North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church, 
and Rev. S. Wylie Hogue from Wilmington Presbytery. The 
Presbytery proceeded to examine the Ministers in accordance 
with the provision of the Book of Church Order. The examin- 
ation was approved as satisfactory and the Ministers were 
enrolled upon the signing of the Covenant. 

A Call from the Belk Larger Parish, consisting of Banks, 
Six Mile Creek, Rehoboth and Unionville Churches was placed 
in the hands of Mr. Hogue and accepted by him. A Commis- 
sion was appointed to install him. (See Report of Committee 
or Installations) 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Rev. 
Roy F. Whitley, chairman of the Committee on Ministerial 
Education, presented the following young men, Mr. Vernon 
Ross Hunter of the Sugaw Creek Church; Mr. David C. 
Hambrick, Jr., of the St. Andrews Church ; and Mr. H. Floyd 
Carriker, Jr., of the Caldwell Memorial Church, who are seek- 
ing to be received under the Care of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery as Candidates for the Gospel Ministery. Being satisfied 
with the recommendations of the Committee the Presbytery 
preceeded to examine the Candidates in accordance with the 
provisions of the Book of Church Order. The examination was 
approved as satisfactory. The Rev. C. G. McClure gave the 
charge and Rev. John A. Carriker led in prayer. Mr. Hunter, 
Mr. Hambrick, Mr. Carriker were received into the Presbytery 
as candidates for the Gospel Ministry under the Care of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. 



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Recess — As time for recess arrived Presbytery paused to 
offer prayer in behalf of Rev. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff and Rev. 
C. C. McNeill who are sick. Dr. Warner L. Hall led the prayer. 
Presbytery recessed for lunch and was led in prayer by Rev. 
J. W. Grier. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 1:30 P.M. and was led in prayer 
by the Moderator. 

Candidate Examined — Mr. C. Don Coffey, a Candidate for 
the Gospel Ministry under the Care of Presbytery was pre- 
sented to the Presbytery to be examined for licensure and 
Ordination. Being well satisfied with the recommendations 
of the Committee on Ministerial Education, the Presbytery 
proceeded to examine Mr. Coffey according to the provisions 
of the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved 
as satisfactory and was arrested short of the sermon. The 
Calls to the Ridgecrest and Oakboro Churches were odered 
placed in the hands of the Commission to be appointed to 
license, ordain, and install Mr. Coffey in his churches. The 
Commission was appointed to complete the examination and 
ordain and install Mr. Coffey. (See report of Committee on 
Installations.) 

Committee as a Whole to Examine Sessional Records — 

Presbytery resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for 
the purpose of examining the Sessional Records. After the 
examination of the Sessional Records the Presbytery resumed 
its business. 

Report of Committee on Sessional Records — The following 
Report of the Committee on Sessional Records was read and 
adopted. 

The following records were approved without exception: 

Westover Hills, Norwood, Covenant, Mt. Gilead, Cooks Memorial, 
Bethlehem, Troy, Amity, Sardis, Commonwealth, Nevin, Unionville, 
Marks Creek, Smallwood, Robinson, McGee, Paw Creek, Brainerd, 
Walkersville, Mulberry, Marston, McLean, Hamlet First, Sugaw Creek, 
Camp Greene, Oakboro, Philadelphia, Turner, Sunset Hills, Six Mile 
Creek, Williams Memorial, Newell, St. Paul's, McQuay, Ridgecrest, East- 
minster, South Park, Badin, Huntersville, Charlotte First, Hopewell, 
Mallard Creek, Ellerbe, Benton Heights, Ramah, Lee Park, Myers Park, 
Albemarle First, Sharon, Trinity, Tenth Avenue, Biscoe, Locust, Candor 
Westminster, Banks, Waxhaw, Caldwell Memorial, Providence, Siler, 
Steele Creek, Wadesboro, West Avenue, Altan, Camden, Matthews, Mon- 
roe, Morven, North Charlotte, Pageland, Plaza, Pleasant Hill. 



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The following records were approved with exceptions: 

Wilmore, Clanton Memorial, St. Andrews, Pee Dee, Amay James, 
Morris Field, Rourk, Norman, Avondale, Rockingham, Indian Hill, 
Thomasboro, New Salem, Mt. Carmel, Cameronian, Cornelius, Marsh- 
ville, Selwyn Avenue. 

The following churches failed to submit their records for 
review : 

Albemarle, Second, Bethany, Bethel, Beulah, Community, Hawley 
Memorial, Macedonia, Morgan Memorial, Park Avenue, Pineville, Reho- 
both, Salem, Seigle Avenue, Stephenson. 

Moderator Nominated — Rev. John A. Carriker was elected 
Moderator-Nominee for the next meeting of Presbytery. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Women's Work — The Rev. R. 
W. Rayburn presented Mrs. B. W. Hunter and Mrs. R. A. 
Willis, Jr. to the Presbytery. Mrs. Willis read the report of 
the Women of the Presbytery which was received as informa- 
tion. Rev. M. G. Lyerly led the Presbytery in prayer for the 
Women of the Presbytery and their work. 

Work of Chaplains — The Rev. James R. Crook addressed 
the Presbtery on the work of Chaplains. The Rev. B. Frank 
Yandell led the Presbytery in prayer for the Chaplains and 
the young men in service. The address was received as infor- 
mation. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Religious Education — The 

Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. made a verbal report on the needs of 
Camp Stewart and urged the Church to undertake projects 
in behalf of the Camp. The report was received as informa- 
tion. 

Message on C.R.O.P. — The Rev. Carl R. Keys spoke to the 
Presbytery on behalf of C.R.O.P. and urged support of the 
program. The message was received as information, and the 
appreciation of the Presbytery was expressed by the Moder- 
ator. 

Report of Other Commissions — The Commission appointed 
to install the Rev. J. S. Garner made its report which was 
admitted to record. 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. J. S. Garner Pastor of 
the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church met on February 8, 1953 at 7:20 
P.M. in the study of the church. Present were: Dr. Roswell C. Long, 
Chairman; Rev. M. G. Lyerly; Rev. R. H. Stone; Mr. Nat C. White and 
Mr. J. W. Craig", who opened the meeting with prayer. Mr. Craig was 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



elected clerk. The Commission united with the congregation in a service 
of worship, at which time Dr. R. C. Long preached the sermon. The 
constitutional questions were asked by Rev. M. G. Lyerly. The Chair- 
man then declared that Rev. J. S. Garner had been duly elected and 
installed pastor of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Rev. R. H. 
Stone gave the charge to the pastor and Mr. Nat C. White gave the 
charge to the congregation. After the benediction, pronounced by the 
new pastor, he was greeted by the officers and the congregation and 
welcomed into the new relationship. 

The Commission retired to the study, reviewed and approved its 
minutes and was adjourned with prayer, led by Rev. M. G. Lyferly. 

Roswell C. Long, Chairman 
J. W. Craig, Clerk 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted: 

1. To install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue as pastor of Six Mile Creek, 
Banks, Rehoboth, and Unionville, May 24, 1953. 

Six Mile Creek Church at 9:30 A.M.— Rev. H. G. Bedinger to preside, 
preach and propound the Constitutional questions; Rev. C. H. Little to 
charge the pastor; Rev. R. H. Stone to charge the congregation; Ruling 
Elders Beaumert Whitton and Roy Starnes and alternate Rev. C. M. 
Boyd. 

Banks Church at 11 A.M. — Rev. C. H. Little to preside, preach and 
propound the constitutional questions; Rev. C. M. Boyd to charge the 
pastor; Elder Beaumert Whitton to charge the congregation; Rev. R. H. 
Stone, Rev. Jonas Barclay, Elder Ray Starnes to complete the "Commis- 
sion. 

Rehoboth Church at 3:30 P.M. — Rev. C. H. Rowan to preside, preach, 
and propound the Constitutional questions; Rev. R. H. Stone to charge 
the pastor; Rev. C. H. Little to charge the congregation. Rev. H. D. P. 
Pollard, Elders Beaumert Whitton and G. B. CcClelland to complete the 
Commission. 

Unionville Church at 7:45 P.M. — Rev. R. H. Stone to preside and 
propound the Constitutional questions; Rev. R. F. Whitley to preach; 
Rev. H. D. P. Pollard to charge the pastor; Elder Beaumert Whitton to 
charge the congregation; Alternates Rev. C. H. McLean and Elder 
Jack Morrison. 

2. To ordain and install Mr. C. Don Coffey at Ridgecrest and Oak- 
boro Churches, June 14th, 1953. 

Ridgecrest Church at 3 P.M. — Rev. Watt M. Coper to preside and 
propound the constitutional questions; Rev. R. H. Stone to charge the 
pastor. Rev. Ben F. Moore to charge the Congregation; Mr. Coffey to 
preach as part of his examination; alternates Rev. Stewart W. Yandle 
and Elder H. P. Efird. 

Oakboro Church at 4:30 P.M. — Rev. Watt M. Cooper to preside, preach 
and propound the constitutional questions, Rev. R. H. Stone to charge 
the pastor. Rev. Ben F. Moore to charge the congregation; alternates 
Rev. Stewart W. Yandle and Elder H. P. Efird. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



The quorum of 2 ministers and 1 elder was set for Commission to 
install and 3 ministers and 1 elder for Commission to ordain. 

Report of Committee on Church Extension — The following 
Report of the Committee on Church Extension was read and 
adopted : 

REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS 

If the work of Home Missions is judged by its fruits of professions 
of faith and baptisms, we have a good report. There have been 398 
received into churches whose ministers' salaries we have supplemented. 
Of these 232 came by a profession of faith, 138 were received by letter 
and 28 by reaffirmation. This is the largest number by profession of 
faith within a number of years — if not the record. God is yet honoring 
the preaching of His Word and the Holy Spirit is drawing people unto 
Christ as Saviour. 

The results of this year have been made possible on the human level 
by the addition of some new ministers and by the continued consecrated 
spirit of evangelism of some of those who have been longer serving. 

The Eastminster Church which we have aided through the years 
has become an organized church. We have encouraged the organization 
of a new Sunday School for Negroes in the Cook's Memorial community. 

Practically four and one half acres have been purchased adjoining 
the Nations Ford Homes Development and plans are under way for the 
construction of a building there. The new Sunday School at Star has 
been making progress and they are now meeting in their new building. 
A petition is being circulated for the organization of the Star Presby- 
terian Church. 

Consideration has been given to the purchase of other properties 
suggested in the Hyde Report. 

Finances 

Our report for the year is attached — showing receipts and their 
sources and disbursements. We are happy to report that the majority 
of our aid-receiving churches have taken a larger share of their pas- 
tor's salary for the year 1953. Of special mention is the Benton Heights 
Church, which on April 1st came to full self-support. 

During the year the Church and Manse Fund has been greatly in- 
creased in its ability for usefulness. There are scores of new partici- 
pants. The Committee is yet desirous of making it still more powerfifl 
in its aid for buildings. 

Your Committee has promoted the formation of the Belk larger 
Parish consisting of Banks, Six Mile Creek, Rehoboth and Unionville 
Presbyterian Churches. We feel that the pastor. Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, 
eTr., will make phenomenal success of this venture. 

Personnel 

There have been transfers of good members of our personnel and 
there have been excellent additions. After Seminary graduation, Mr. C. 
Don Coffey, III, comes to take the pastorate of the Ridgecrest and Oak- 



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boro Presbyterian Churches. The only vacancies pressing to be filled 
now are the Cameronian and Park Avenue Churches. 

Too much cannot be said in appreciation and in thanksgiving to 
God for the services of the splendid laymen w^ho have conducted many 
services throughout the year. 

As we enter a new year, we ask for the continued support and prayers 
of the Presbytery for our Committee, our zealous and consecrated 
ministers and lay workers. With the Presbytery's unqualified backing 
and blessing of God, we will lengthen our cords and strengthen our 
stakes. 

Financial Report of the Home Mission Committee 
for 1952-1953 

RECEIPTS 

Balance $ 8,527.15 

Benevolent Account 52,041.39 

Vacation Fund 790.25 

For Negro Delegates 440.00 

Salary and Other Refunds 663.39 

Interest 136.08 

Dividends 32.00 

Belk Brothers Company 3,000.00 

Sale of Materials 80.00 

For Westminster Church 7,436.92 

N. C. State Highway Commission 150.00 

Collection of Loan 50.04 

Nevin Church 59.55 

Balance on State Street Property 250.00 

Beam Fund 400.00 

Church and Manse Building Fund 15.00 

Designated 247.17 

Memorial to the late Mr. Chas. W. Tillett . 10.00 



$74,355.94 



DISBURSEMENTS 

Salaries and Supplies $28,602.02 

Minister to the Hospitals 3,300.00 

M.A.F. and E.A.F. Dues 1,522.03 

Collector of Internal Revenue 1,827.40 

Christmas Checks 600.00 

Vacation Fund 855.15 

Book Fund 242.06 

Negro Work (Exclusive of Salaries) 990.01 

Insurance 112.85 

Church and Manse Building Fund 156.19 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 543.99 

Amay James Addition 568.02 

For Smallwood 601.02 

Committee Expense 367.05 

Film Lease 120.00 

Building Repair 373.23 

Star Building Fund 2,000.00 



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Scholarship Fund 136.45 

Westminster Church 7,436.92 

Bank of Commerce 9,427.12 

Committee on Evangelism 57.00 

Miscellaneous 341.15 

Board of Church Extension 59.55 

Balance on Hal Hyde Survey 326.52 

Appropriations : 

North Charlotte Church 250.00 

Belk Larger Parish Manse 1,500.00 

The W. H. Belk Presby. Chapel 

(Nations Ford Hms) 5,000.00 

Clanton Memorial 3,000.00 

Lee Park (Conditional) 2,000.00 $72,315.73 



Balance $ 2,040.21 

Financial Report of the Church and Manse Building Fund 
for 1952-1953 

RECEIPTS 

Additional on Eastminster Call $ 15.00 

Shuman Avenue Call 1,431.83 

Nations Ford Homes Call 1,435.33 

Star Presbyterian Church Call 1,658.83 

$4,540.99 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Home Mission Committee 15.00 

Star Presbyterian Church 1,658.83 



$1,673.83 



Balance $2,867.16 

Financial Report of the W. H. Belk Fund 
1952-1953 

This fund, established for the promotion of Home Mission work in 
the Presbytery through a gift from Mr. W. H. Belk, is disbursed under 
the direction of the Home Mission Subcommittee. Additional funds will 
be available for the Fund during the next several years. Generally, 
the funds are available for loans, with minor disbursements only in the 
nature of gifts or grants. 

RECEIPTS 

Balance— April 10, 1952 $13,912.64 

Orange Grove Money 5,000.00 

Interest on Orange Grove notes 1,750.00 

Interest on Loans 81.70 

Dividends 125.00 



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Wm. Black Home (loan repaid) 4,000.00 

Oakboro Presby. Church (loan repaid) 1,000.00 

Ridgecrest Pr. Church — on loan 175.00 

Park Avenue 50.20 

Mrs. Sarah B. Gambrell 800.00 

Mrs. W. H. Belk 600.00 



$27,494.54 



DISBURSEMENTS 

Catechism Awards 276.00 

On Nations Ford Homes lot 1,000.00 

Designated Gifts 1,500.00 

Loans 7,300.00 

Wm. Black Home 4,000.00 

Park Avenue 1,700.00 

Ridgecrest 600.00 

Oakboro 1,000.00 



10.076.00 



Balance $17,418.54 

Report of Anson Presbyterian Fund 
1952-1953 

The Anson Presbyterian Fund was established in 1952 through a 
gift of $2,000 and is restricted to the support of Home Mission work in 
Anson County. 

RECEIPTS 

Balance $ 2,000.00 $ 2,000.00 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Salary of student at Hawley Memorial .... 303.40 

Withholding Tax 41.60 

On Flooring Basement at Hawley Memorial 250.00 

595.00 



Balance $ 1,405.00 

Appropriations 

South Park $ 450.00 

Oakboro-Ridgecrest 1,458.00 

Biscoe-Star 675.00 

Alton-Bethany 1,330.00 

McQuay 414.00 

Lee Park-Turner 600.00 

Marshville 675.00 

Smallwood (2) 3,150.00 

Walkersville 405.00 



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Morris Field 2,250.00 

Brainerd-Community 825.00 

Seigle Avenue (2) 3,375.00 

Locust-Indian Hill 300.00 

Camden-Morven 675.00 

Amay James 2,115.00 

Belk Larger Parish 3,000.00 

Cameronian-Park Avenue 563.00 

M.A.F. Dues 1,500.00 

Social Security Dues 98.00 

Film Lease 90.00 

Book Fund 300.00 

Minister to the Hospital 2,475.00 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 400.00 

Miscellaneous 300^00 

Expansion Fund 33,000.00 



$60,423.00 



REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON NEGRO WORK 

Your sub-committee has met six times during the past church year 
and the following is the situation in the various fields of our Negro 
Work in the Charlotte area: 

1. Double Oaks — Rev. Moses James left this field in Januray for 
new work in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the present time Sunday 
School and Youth Programs are being directed at Double Oaks by James 
Cooley, elder in Amay James Church. James Cooley and his family 
are living free of charge in our apartment in the Double Oaks section. 
Attendance in Sunday School averages from 10 to 20 and at Young 
People's Meetings from 25 to 30. 

2. Oaklawn — A student from Johnson C. Smith University is direct- 
ing the Sunday School. The R. A. Dunn Foundation is paying him 
$35.00 per month. He also visits in the community two afternoons per 
week. Average attendance in Sunday School is 35 to 40. 

3. Cook's Memorial — Sunday School is being held there each week 
with the help of leaders from Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church in 
the old A M E Church Building. Average attendance is 60. Recently, 
a piano was contributed to this work by Mr. Walter Kellen. 

4. Shuman Avenue — A Religious Education worker (woman) is 
conducting Sunday School and Youth Work and Visitation. Programs 
are being held in the Administration Building of the project there. She 
is being paid $150 per month by the R. A. Dunn Foundation. Average 
attendance is 40 to 60. 

5. Amay James — Rev. Leon Anderson left this work Feb. 1, 1953, to 
serve as Regional Director of Religious Education for the Assembly's 
Negro Work. White laymen are conducting Sunday services there. 
Average attendance is 30 to 60. The congregation has invited Rev. J. 
E. McKenzie of Mooresville to preach there Sunday April 12, in view 
of extending him a call to serve as pastor of their church. 



52 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



6. The sub-committee has invited the Rev. Andrew A. Allen, pastor 
of one of our Negro Churches in Greenville, S. C, to visit the Double 
Oaks and Oaklawn fields in view of serving as pastor of these two fields. 
We expect him to make us a vist soon. 

7. Your sub-committee has been in constant contact with Dr. Alex 
Batchelor and Rev. Lawrence Bottoms of our Assembly's Negro Work 
office. They have been seeking Negro ministers for our fields. There 
appears to be a critical shortage of ordained Negro ministers. Your 
sub-committee has also interviewed the Seniors at J. C. Smith Univer- 
sity and there is a possibility that one of them may be interested in our 
work. We have been in communication with a number of Presbyterian 
USA Negro ministers but as yet have been unable to secure the services 
of any of them. Ministers and Elders of Presbytery are urged to pray 
that God will send us Negro ministers to serve our field. 

REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

Your Sub-Committee on Evangelism would report that it is our desire 
to render all possible assistance to the cause of Evangelism. Through 
the Presbytery's office we have cooperated with the Charlotte Preach- 
ing Mission in that communications were sent as requested to our 
churches by the Publicity Committee and posters were delivered to 
churches within a thirty-mile radius or were given to responsible in- 
dividuals who would deliver them. 

There is on hand in the Presbytery's office a limited amount of 
material needed for Visitation Evangelism. It may be had for the ask- 
ing. 

Your Chairman has attended the initial meeting of the Synod's 
Sub-Committee on Evangelism, at which meeting the new Director of 
Evangelism, Rev. M. B. Faust, outlined some plans for the future. 
Your Committee will cooperate with Synod's Committee in any Synod- 
wide campaign of Evangelism. 

There has been referred to us a communication from the Synod and 
from the General Assembly. We have given consideration to them. 
The following recommendations are made: 1. That S. M. Inman, Jr., 
President of the Presbyterian Youth FelloAvship of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery, Mrs. Boyce W. Hunter, President of the Women of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery and Howard B. Arbuckle, Jr., President of the Men of the 
Presbytery, and their successors in office, be elected to the Presbytery's 
Council on Evangelism — said Council to be composed of the Sub-Com- 
mittee on Evangelism in the Presbytery and the aforehand officers and 
their successors. 

2. That S. M. Inman, Jr., Mrs. Boyce W. Hunter and Howard Ar- 
buckle, Jr., and their successors in office be elected to the Synod's Coun- 
cil on Evangelism. 

3. That each local congregation be urged through its session to ap- 
point a Committee on Evangelism, representative of various adult and 
young people's working groups of the congregation. 

4. That all churches be urged to have at least one evangelistic 
meeting each year. 

5. That our churches be urged to have a monthly program of 
Visitation Evangelism. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 53 



6. That all pastors be urged to follow up their members who have 
moved away: (a) By writing the Presbyterian pastor or pastors' associ- 
ation in the community to which the member has moved, and (b) That 
a report of such Presbyterians who have moved away be made to the 
Stated Clerk at each regular meeting of Presbytery, and that ^uch in- 
formation be forwarded to the Division of Evangelism. 

Your Committee on Evangelism is ready to assist any church need- 
ing help in any evangelistic meeting by suggesting ministers who have 
been used of God in soul winning. It is our desire to be of help in this 
regard. 

We call upon our pastors to keep the cause of evangelism in the 
forefront in the thinking, planning and activity of each congregation. 
May we be reminded that "He that winneth souls is wise" and that it 
was first in the thought and passion of our Lord. 

REPORT OF SUBCOMMITTEE OF CHRISTIAN RELATIONS 

Letters have been exchanged with Rev. Malcolm P. Calhoun, Sec- 
retary of the General Assembly's Board of Church Extension. 

He advised that pamphlets and other material were being prepared 
and would be sent to Presbytery Chairmen. Some of this material was 
later received, including: 

"National Security and the Christian Message, 

"Divorce and Re-marriage, 

"Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, 

"Religion and Morals." 

These are copies of reports made to the Church in previous years. 
They deal with important matters, and perhaps have already been read 
by many of our ministers. 

The emphasis upon these topics would vary according to an individ- 
ual's background and point of view. It is suggested that the booklet on 
"Roman Catholicism and Protestantism" is of improtance in view of 
the continuing and vigorous efforts of the Romanists to propagandize 
the United States and influence those in high places and low. 

REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON RADIO 

With the departure of Rev. J. B. Ficklen, who had been named in 
October as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Radio, the writer was 
asked to resume the Chairmanship of this Sub-Committee. 

In the plan of the Synod's Committee for Radio broadcasts over a 
period of weeks, our Presbytery was asked to provide the message for 
one week. Radio Station WBT in Charlotte kindly continued its coopera- 
tion in recording the messages. Rev. Samuel M. Glasgow, D.D., pre- 
pared the message and the Chairman took him to the studios of WBT. 
His message, "Facing These Days Without Monotony," was processed 
by the Assembly's Committee in Atlanta, and a good job was done. The 
message was broadcast by WBT on Saturday before Easter. 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Information is not at hand as to what other radio stations in the 
bounds of our Presbytery used or will use these programs. 

Submitted by 

Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, Chairman 

Committee On Church Extension 

Campaign for Negro Work — The Rev. S. M. Inman ad- 
dressed the Presbytery on the forth coming assembly-wide 
campaign on Negro Work. This was received as information. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — ^The following recommen- 
dations of the Presbytery's Council were read and adopted. 

Presbytery's Council recommends that: 

1. That Presbytery adopt the policy that Candidates for licensure 
and ordination in Mecklenburg be required to have at least one year 
study in a Presbyterian Seminary. 

2. That Presbytery inau^rate programs to train Clerks of Sessions 
in methods of compiling Statistical Reports, as is done in Orange Pres- 
bytery. 

3. That Presbytery adopt on second reading the manual change 
providing for the inclusion in the personnel of Presbytery's Council the 
President and Treasurer of the Women of the Presbytery. 

4. That Treasurers of churches and other agencies of the Presby- 
tery be bonded. 

R. A. Grier, Chairman 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Secretary 

Report of Committee on Nominations — The Committee on 
Nominations made the following report which was adopted: 

The Committee on Nominations recommends: 

Trustee of Davidson — Rev. Warner L. Hall to replace T. S. Mc- 
Pheeters class of 1954. 

Commission on Minister and His Work — Elder Walter Fi-aley to 
replace J. W. Armstrong class of 1954. 

J. A. Jones, Chairman 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The following report 
of the Committee on Resolutions was read and adopted: 

THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Be it resolved: 

1. That the Presbytery express its gratitude to God for the Thomas- 
boro Presbyterian Church and for the evidences seen this day of 
her splendid achievements in the things of our Lord's Kingdom. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 55 

2. That the Presbytery express its gratitude to the minister and 
the members of the Thomasboro Church for their gracious and 
thoughtful hospitality, especially to the Women for the delight- 
ful dinner which they prepared and served. 

3. That we request the minister, Rev. Mr. Samuel H. Zealy, to con- 
vey these sentiments to the membership of his congregation at 
large, in such manner as he may deem appropriate. 

4. That we here record our gratitude to God for this day sp.ent in 
His followship and service; for His Word communciated to us in 
the sermon preached by our retiring moderator, and for His 
Spirit felt among us in the atmosphere in which the deliberations 
and decisions of the day were conducted. 

J. W. Flowe 

C. L. Liles 

A. T. Taylor 

T. W. MacLean, Chairman 

Report of Committee on Synod's Minutes — A verbal report 
of the Committee on Synod's Minutes was heard and received 
as information. 

Treasurers' Reports — The following reports of the treasur- 
ers of Presbytery were read and adopted: 

REPORT OF R. H. STONE, CENTRAL TREASURER OF 
BENEVOLENCES FOR THE YEAR 1952-1953 

There has been received from churches and their organizations and 
individuals the sum of $280,708.74 during the Church Year 1952-53 and 
has been disbursed according to the Presbytery's percentages or as 
directed by givers, as follows: 

Board of World Missions $ 62,237.40 

Board of Church Extension 31,941.87 

Board of Christian Education 12,779.78 

Board of Annuities and Relief 12,004.06 

Board of Women's Work 15.00 

General Fund 13,856.43 

Inter-Church Agencies 466.89 

Overseas Relief 588.97 

American Bible Society 270.20 

Oklahoma Presbyterian College 23.75 

Mountain Retreat Association 74.04 

American Mission to Lepers 41.00 

Defense Service 250.95 

Historical Foundation 1.00 

Tithing Adventure 214.44 

White Cross 11.00 

Assembly's Training School 10.00 

Stillman College 200.00 

Presbyterian Negro Work Campaign 50.00 

C.R.O.P 5.00 



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Synod's Church Extension 11,805.92 

Synod's Educational Institutions 32,937.14 

Presbyterian Orphans Home 22,508.89 

Synod's Religious Education 5,855.94 

Presbyterian Home 4,312.70 

Campus Christian Life 3,032.99 

William Black Home 1,546.32 

U. T. S .Mid-Century Campaign 197.00 

Presbyterian Junior College 293.67 

N. C. Council and Allied Church League 221.79 

Presbytery's Church Extension 52,051.39 

The W. H. Belk Fund 6,500.00 

Presbytery's Religious Education 2,452.04 

Alexander Home 451.87 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 872.00 

Bible in Public Schools 525.00 

Designated for Presbytery's Office 100.00 

Good Samaritan Hospital 4.30 



$280,708.74 



Paid checks, deposit slips, bank statements are presented with this 
report. 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 

FINANCIAL REPORT OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S OFFICE 

April 16, 1952-April 7, 1953. 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance April 16, 1952 $ 123.26 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 9,250.00 

For MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERIAN . . 233.93 

Committee on Religious Education et al . . 2,449.00 

Stillman Delegates 75.00 

Women of Covenant Presbyterian Church . . 100.00 

Presbyterian Ministers' Association 12.50 

From World Mission film showings 393.82 

$12,637.51 $12,637.51 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Salary of Executive Secretary $ 4,000.00 

Travel Allowance of Executive Secretary . . 1,000.00 

Manse Allowance 600.00 

M.A.F. dues 300.00 

For Office Secretary 1,899.16 

Director of Internal Revenue 556.14 

To Camp Stewart personnel 2,334.00 

For MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERIAN . . 233.98 

World Mission film expense 383.76 

Stillman delegate 75.00 

Presbyterian Ministers' Association 10.00 



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Office expense and equipment 1,166.27 

Bank withholdings (all accounts) 17.99 

$12,576.30 $12,576.30 



BALANCE $61.21 

Submitted herewith are deposit slips, paid checks, bank statements 
and paid invoices. 

♦ Respectfully Submitted, 

R. H. Stone, 
Executive Secretary. 

PRESBYTERY'S TAX FUND 
RECEIPTS 

Balance on hand April 1, 1952 $ 544.22 

Received by the treasurer from churches 22,105.84 

Total Receipts $22,650.06 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Presbytery's Office Expense $ 9,250.00 

Camp Stewart Expense 4,800.00 

Expense of Presbytery Meetings 200.00 

Stated Clerk Office Help 600.00 

E. C. Scott, General Assembly's Assessment . . 3,424.85 

H. J. Dudley, Synod's Assessment 1,190.27 

Stated Clerk Salary 600.00 

Permanent Clerk Salary 40.00 

Aassistant Clerk Salary 40.00 

Lassister Press, Printing Minutes 1,115.00 

Von-Boechmann Jones Co., Statistical Reports . . 34.50 

Shepherd Bros., Printing 37.55 

Presbyterian Book Store, Supplies 30.15 

Kale-Lawing Co., Supplies 31.35 

Postage 112.00 

Minister's Annuity Fund 45.00 

E. H. Austin, Auditing Treasurer's Books .... 5.00 

Total Disbursements $21,555.67 

Balance on hand April 1, 1953 $ 1,094.39 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Treasurer 

Statistical Report to the General Assembly — An incom- 
complete report was read to the Presbytery and the Stated 
Clerk was given permission to complete the Statistical Report 
to the General Assembly, sign it and forward as soon as pos- 
sible to the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. 



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Invitation for Fall Meeting — The Presbytery accepted the 
invitation of the Robinson Church to hold its Fall Stated 
Session at that Church. 

Ad-Interim Committee Appointed — An Ad-Interim Com- 
mittee as appointed to study the matter of giving executive 
powers to the sub-committee on Home Missions, to report at 
next meeting of Presbytery. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief — A ver- 
bal report of the Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief was 
made and received as information. 

Manual Change — A Manual Change covering the special 
order for the election of Commissioners to the General Assem- 
bly was presented on second reading. The motion to change 
the Manual failed to pass. 

Union ville Property — ^Presbytery directed Rev. R. H. 
Stone to investigate the restrictions in the deed on the prop- 
erty on which the Unionville Church Manse stands. He is to 
report his findings to the next meeting of Presbytery. 

Resolution Adopted — The following resolution was read 
and adopted. 

That the Home Mission Committee advise the Commission 
on the Minister and His Work the amount of supplement to 
ministers salaries being called into the Presbytery and that 
this be reported by the Commission and be considered an 
obligation of the Presbytery to the Minister. 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the Moderator to 
meet in its next Stated Session at the Paw Creek Presbyterian 
Church at 9 A.M., July 21, 1953. 



Hugh B. Carter, Moderator 



F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



PRESBYTERY'S STATISTICAL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 



MINJSTBRS 

AND LICBNTIATES 

NUMBER Of 

CANDIUATKS 



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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




Called Meeting 

First Church, Raleigh, N. C. 

April 14, 1953 

201st Stated Meeting 

Paw Creek Church, Paw Creek, N. C. 

July 21, 1953 

Called Meeting 

First Church, Wilson, N. C. 

September 9, 1953 

Adjourned Meeting 

First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 21, 1953 

202nd Stated Session 

Robinson Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

October 20, 1953 

Next Stated Session 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 19, 1954 




a^ 



MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 



Called Meeting 

First Church, Raleigh, N. C. 

April 14, 1953 

201st Stated Meeting 

Paw Creek Church, Paw Creek, N. C. 

July 21, 1953 

Called Meeting 

First Church, Wilson, N. C. 

September 9, 1953 

Adjourned Meeting 
First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 
September 21, 1953 * 

202nd Stated Session 

Robinson Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

October 20, 1953 

Next Stated Session 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 19, 1954 



INDEX 



Page 

Adjournment 14. 37, 39, 47, 59 

Adjourned Meeting 28, 40 

Afternoon Sessions 35, 57 

Arrangements 24, 51 

Called Meetings 14, 28, 38 

Calls to Churches 26, 55 

Candidates 

Examined for Licensure 27 

Examined and Received 27, 54 

Transferred 26 

Commissioners to General 

Assembly Report 35 

Minister and His Work 26,54 

To Install ministers 28,29,30,58 

To Organize Church 55, 56 

To Ordain and Install 30 

Committees Appointed 

Special Committees 27,28,58 

Standing Committees 25, 52 

Committees Reporting 

Assembly's Work 59 

Church Extension 31,32,33,34,57 

Homes 57 

Ministerial Education 27, 53 

Nominations 53 

Presbytery's 

Council . . .28, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 57 

Committtee Reporting (Standing) 

Installations 58 

Records of Presbytery 35 

Resolutions 36, 46, 58 

Assembly's Minutes 59 

Communications 25, 26, 52 

Communion Service 48 

Directory 4, 5, 6 

Docket 24, 25, 51, 52 



Page 

Docket Schedule 3 

History of Churches 

Pavir Creek Church 20,21,22 

Robinson Church 48, 49 

Manual Changes Introduced 45 

Memorial to 

Rev. W. H. Frazer 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 

Ministers 

Excused 25, 52 

Received 26,54 

Ordained 27 

Transferred 26 



Minutes Read and 
Accepted .... 



14.37,39,47,59 



Moderator 

Elected 23,51 

Nominated 35, 57 

Next Meeting 37,54 

Night Sessions 46 

Opening Exercises 16, 48 

Pastorial Relationship Dissolved 26 

Plan of Union Discussion 46 

Presbytery Meetings Back Cover 

Privilege of Floor 46 

Recess 35, 45. 57 

Roll Call 14, 22, 23, 39, 40, 50 

Roll of Churches 8, 9, 10, 11. 12, 13 

Roll of Ministers 7 

Ruling Elders introduced 23.50 

Special Addresses 35 

Stated Sessions of Presbytery 16. 48 

Suggested Changes in Plan of Union ...46 

Unionville Church Property 36 

Visiting Brethren 23, 40, 50 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 

Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Nominations 

(e) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 :00 A. M. 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



on 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. J. A. Carriker, Moderator of Summer Meeting 
Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Moderator of Fall Meeting 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1955) 
Rev. B. Frank Yandell, Permanent Clerk (1954) 
Rev. A, Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1954— Mr. George S. Crouch; Mr. H. W. Moore, Charlotte; 

Rev. W. L. Hall 
1955 — Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1954— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte 
1955 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 
1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. Roswell C. Long 

1955 — Rev. R. C. Long, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. James Williams 
1954— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. C. G. McClure, Mr. Walter Fraley 
1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1954 — Mr. Crosby Dunn 

1955— Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

1956 — Rev. H. L. Thomas, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1954— Mr. A. A. Porter 

1955 — Rev. A. T. Taylor 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1954— Rev. M. G. Lyerly 

1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1954— Rev. S. H. Zealy 

1955— Mr. C. W. Wilson 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 
Sub Committee on Christian Relations 
1954— Mr. G. D. Aitken 
1955 — Rev. W. A. Gamble, Chairman 
1956 — Rev. H. D. Hayward 
Sub Committee on Evangelism 
1954— Rev. W. R. Price, Rev. E. B. Cooper 
1955 — Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman; Dr. Hamilton W. McKay 
1956— Rev. R. G. Balnicky 
Sub Committee on Radio 
1954— Rev. B. F. Moore 
1955— Rev. C. S. Miller, Chairman 
1956— Mr. Paul B. Marion 
Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1954 — Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson 
1955— Rev. W. I. Howell, Jr., Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 
1956 — Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 
Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1954— Rev. R. C. Long, Chairman; Dr. T. D. Sparrow 

1955— Rev. R. M. Kerr, J. W. Thomson 

1956— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1954— Mr. John Otts 

1955— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Religious Education 

1954 — Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Chairman; Rev. M. B. Prince, 
Rev. J. R. Crook 

1955— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Rev. S. W. Hogue 

Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nisbet 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. J. W. Grier, Jr. 
Pres. of Youth Fellowship — Sam Inman, Jr. 

1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Mr. B. A. Estridge 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1954— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Mr. R. L. Price, Rev. W. L. Hall 

1955 — Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ex-Officio — The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956 — Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. G. Dana Waters 

1954— Rev. H. V. Carson, Rev. C. H. Rowan, Mr. Paul Frye 

1955— Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. H. S. Robinson, Mr. P. F. Howerton 

1956 — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. G. Dana Waters, Mr. H. C. Williams 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Homes: 

Chairman — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit 

1954— Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff, Rev. J. B. Holder, Mr. J. B. Watt 
1955— Rev. H. D. P. Pollard, Mr. D. G. Kimbrell, Rev. R. W. Rayburn 
1956 — Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. K. N. Nesbit, Mr. J. David Flowers 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1954 — Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. F. C. Debele, Mr. Harrell Auten 

1955— Rev. G. Dana Waters, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. T. M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 





ROLL OF 


MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


51. 


D. S. Chalabie 


2. 


C. H. Little 


52. 


J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 


3. 


J. W. Stork, D.D. 


53. 


H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


4. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


54. 


Carl S. Miller 


5. 


M. E. Peabody 


55. 


Ben F. Moore 


6. 


W. H. Johnston 


56. 


Watt M. Cooper 


7. 


J. C. McGehee 


57. 


H. V. Carson, D.D. 


8. 


B. Frank Yandell 


58. 


Harold D. Hayward, Th.D. 


9. 


W. C. Copeland 


59. 


G. Dana Waters 


10. 


J. C. Grier 


60. 


Olin M. Whitener 


11. 


T. R. Alexander 


61. 


W. J. Huneycutt 


12. 


A. T. Taylor 


62. 


Samuel H. Zealy 


13. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


63. 


W. B. McSwain 


14. 


H. C. Carmichael 


64. 


Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 


15. 


W. B. Neill 


65. 


F. C. Wilkinson 


16. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


66. 


D. E. Wilkinson 


17. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


67. 


E. B. Cooper 


18. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


68. 


Ira H. Rawles 


19. 


A. L. Roberts 


69. 


J. P. Holder 


20. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


70. 


Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 


21. 


T. H. Mitchell 


71. 


J. Gilbert Kirkhoff 


22. 


W. T. Smith 


72. 


M. G. Lyerly 


23. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


73. 


R. W. Rayburn 


24. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


74. 


W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


25. 


F. R. McAlister 


75. 


H. L. Thomas 


26. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


76. 


Hugh Pollard 


27. 


E. L. Flanagan 


77. 


W. M. Boyce, D.D. 


28. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


78. 


Russell M. Kerr 


29. 


Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 


79. 


C. H. McLean 


30. 


Chas G. McClure, D.D. 


80. 


J. B. Reaves 


31. 


Sam M. Inman 


81. 


Geo. A. Fletcher 


32. 


J. 0. Mann, D.D. 


82. 


R. G. Laurens 


33. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


83. 


Robert G. Balnicky 


34. 


Jonas Barclay 


84. 


Stewart W. Yandle 


35. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


85. 


J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


36. 


F. S. Johnston 


86. 


Kirk N. Nesbit 


37. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


87. 


B. F. Ferguson 


38. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


88. 


James R. Crook 


39. 


Wm. A. Gamble 


89. 


Milos Strupl 


40. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


90. 


Sheldon A. Koesy 


41. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


91. 


Crawford White 


42. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


92. 


J. S. Garner 


43. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


93. 


H. S. Schum 


44. 


T. W. MacLean 


94. 


S. Wylie Hogue 


45. 


Homer A. Spencer 


95. 


W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 


46. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


96. 


C. McD. Coffey 


47. 


Henry S. Robinson 


97. 


I. Howard Chadwick 


48. 


S. M. Hutchison 


98. 


R. M. Cochran 


49. 


C. H. Rowan 


99. 


W. S. Boyce 


50. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


100. 


Robert Turner 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF CHURCHES 

Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Albemarle First H. W. Davis J. T. Boysworth 

Box 392 Rt. 2 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. C. O. Josey 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. B. Yarbrough Neal Yarbrough 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin Mrs. Sarah Reid 

504 E. Boundry Rt. 4, Box 332 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck James P. Sample 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale J. E. Klmbirl W. H. Sitton 

2820 Sunset Dr. 1321 Ordermore Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin ......F. L. Marbry S. E. Beck 

Badin, N. C. Badin, N. C. 

Banks Sam Kell M. C. Cunningham 

Rt. 3, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 3, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Benton Heights Jack Morrison Neal Tucker 

601 Griffin St. 1108 Cherry St. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. Monroe, N. C. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 H. B. Knox 

Huntersville, N. C. Davidson, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb R. L. Long 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole J. Edgar Maness 

Biscoe, N. C. Biscoe, N. C. 

Brainerd Marvin McGill D. A. McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C.East Rockingham, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. B. Collins R. H. Crockford 

339 Clement Ave. 2117 McClintock Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildreth 

Rt. 3 Belk Bros. 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian M. C. McKenzie 

Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First J. N. Stribling 

2108 Dilworth Rd., E. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial W. H. Adams, Jr. 

Box 3247 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Commonwealth E. H. Austin 

1240 Greenwood Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Community John Cox 

Rt. 1, Box 71 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 746 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius R. E. Kennedy 

Box 337 
Davidson, N. C. 

Covenant J. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Eastminster E. C. Williamson 

1632 Westbury Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

Entwistle St. 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 

Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Hollis Gillis 
Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

James Major 
1741 Evergreen Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Jack Gathings 
Candor, N. C. 

T. M. Blackwelder 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

W. N. Ward 
202 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. O. Stikeleather 

York Road 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

S. M. Fleetwood, Jr. 
5001 Elder Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Carl Henry 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C 

Tom Smith, Jr. 
Rt. 6, Box 789D 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 

Cornelius, N. C. 



W. A. Montgomery 
1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 
2800 Shenandoah Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Carriker 
Ellerbe, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 
Pinecroft Industries 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 
Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Huntersville.- J3. F. Kumm 

Box 115 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Lee Park Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Locust -T. M. Hartsell 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham 

Rt. 7, Box 612 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek O. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. E. Efird 

Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay 

Cognac, N. C. 

Matthews N. O. Alexander 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. C. Reid, Jr. 

1222 S. Bigham St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First — W. H. Morrison 

Wadesboro Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Raf e Williams 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Morven W. E. Steagall 

Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis 

Rt. 1. Ellerbe, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mike Dwyer 
Huntersville, N. C. 

M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 

B. A. Atwell 
409 Tallayrand 
Monroe, N. C. 
Worth Little 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Daniel J. McCaskill 
Box 236, Candor, N. C. 

A. S. Garrison 
Box 1826 
Charlotte, N. C. 

H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. C. A. Bolt 
Marshville, N. C. 

W. D. McKay 

Marston, N. C. 

W. R. Freeman 
Matthews, N. C. 

Leroy Lakey 
Rt. 9 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 
Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

Jack M. Threatt 
3218 Tuckaseegee Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Virgil Henderson 
429 Wadesboro Ave. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Sybil Huneycutt 
Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 
Herbert Lee Hargett 
Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. 

J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



11 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin J. R. Dutton 

Rt. 7, Box 1032 
Charlotte, N. C. 

New Salem O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 

Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

North Charlotte H. T. Orr 

701 Louise Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. 0. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue Virgil Bratton 

Box 91 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead. N. C. 
Philadelphia Fred O. Brown 

Rt. 3. Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah J. W. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
Rt. 7 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Miss Va. Barnhardt 
Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

E. A. Montgomery 
Pageland, S. C 

J. W. Terry 

Star Rt. 
Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte. N. C. 

Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
J. Ranson Lee 
Rt. 1. Charlotte, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
N. C. Grier 
Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C- 

C. D. Bradford 
Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth W. J. Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 1 
Stanfield, N. C. 

Robinson. Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Rourk -J. C. Watson 

Route 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

St. Paul E. D. Jackson 

2621 Shenandoah Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Salem George Watts 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 

Sardis L. H. Pharr 

P. 0. Box 4033 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Seigle Avenue Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Selwyn Avenue I. G. Wallace, Jr. 

205 Wales Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 3, Box 64 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw. N. C. 

Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Smallwood David Cameron 

401 Seldon Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

South Park G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Steele Creek L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

B. A. Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 
Rt. 1 
Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

R. C. McLean 
Box 612 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 
Cordovia, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Lawrence Phillips 

Rt. 1, Mt. Croghan, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 

Rt. 2, Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

S. B. Schulken 

2226 Chesterfield Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. H. Wheatley 

3136 Pinehurst Place 

Charlotte, N. C. 

William Stanford 
Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Frank F. White 
316 Melbourn Ct. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Mack P. Brown 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek J. P. Robinson 

1324 Biltmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C, 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity R. Z. Thomas, Jr. 

1955 Sharon Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 

Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 

Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue H. Morrison Irwin, Jr. 

918 W. 5th St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills C. W. Hickman 

2961 Beechnut Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte. N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

F. S. Neal, Jr. 
801 Bromley Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

B, L. McQuay 
2235 Winthrop Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. P. Warren, Jr. 
4927 Doris Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
408 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Brown 

1617 Westbury Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

Richard S. Wilkinson 
513 Grandin Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. G. Sellers 

611 Clement Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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Called Meeting of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 

First Presbyterian Church 
Raleigh, N. C. 
April 14, 1953 

The Synod of North Carolina meeting in called session at 
the First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N. C. on the above 
date called a meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery for 1:30 
P.M. for the purpose of electing a Minister and an elder 
together with alternates to serve on a Commission of the 
Synod to study and make recommendations relative to the 
complaint of the Chapel Hill congregation. Chapel Hill, N. C. 

The Rev. F. S. Johnston was the Moderator. The Presby- 
tery was led in prayer by the Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled during the 
meeting : 

Ministers — Jonas Barclay, W. L. Hall, R. H. Stone, Miles Strupl, 
H. D. Hayward, J. W. Stork, G. A. Fletcher, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Carl- 
ton, Watt Cooper, H. G. Bedinger, W. I. Howell, Sam H. Zealy, W. A. 
Gamble, B. F. Yandell, J. Cecil Lawrence, D. K. Snyder, E. B. Cooper, 
M. G. Lyerly, W. M. Boyce, W. H. Johnston, F. S. Johnston, R. W. Ray- 
burn, R. A. Young, R. M. Kerr, J. R. Crook, C. G. McClure, A. L. Thomp- 
son, S. M. Inman, J. 0. Mann, Kirk N. Nesbit, J. E. Wayland, Jr., R. G. 
Balnicky, H. D. P. Pollard, G. Dana Waters— 35. 

Ruling Elders— S. H. McCall, Troy; J. P. Robinson, Sugaw Creek; 
R. F. Rozzelle, Cook's Memorial; C. R. Choate, Central Steele Creek; 
H. H. Thompson, Covenant; C. A. Bolt, Marshville; J. G. McLauchlin, 
Hamlet; W. S. McRae, Ellerbe; C. R. Poole, Biscoe; C. S. Garrison, Steele 
Creek; R. C. Reid, Pineville; N. 0. Alexander, Matthews; J. A. Hobson, 
Myers Park; E. A. Jamison, Sharon; J. L. Nance, St. Pauls; C. R. Hutch- 
ison, Sardis; J. F. Sigmon, Amity; J. C. Ashcraft, Plaza — 18. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Election of Members of Commission — ^The following were 
elected to serve on the Commission of Synod, Rec. C. G. Mc- 
Clure and Ruling Elder P. F. Howerton, and the alternates 
elected were Rev. J. A. Jones and Ruling Elder A. W. Shaw. 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The minutes were read and adopted. 



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Rev. Watt M. Cooper led the Presytery in prayer and the 
meeting was adojourned. 



F. S. Johnston, Moderator 



B. Y. Yandell, Acting Stated Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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The Two Hundred First 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Paw Creek Presbyterian Church 
Paw Creek, N. C. 
July 21, 1953 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
First Stated Session in the Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, 
Paw Creek, N. C. at 9 A. M. on the above date. 

The Rev. Hugh B. Carter, the Moderator, led the opening 
exercises and preached the sermon. The Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., 
led in prayer. 

Memorial — The following memorial to Rev. W. H. Frazer 
written by Rev. W. A. Gamble was read by Rev. G. Dana 
Waters and was adopted. 

WILLIAM HENRY FRAZER 
1873-1953 

William Henry Frazer was born in LaFayette, Alabama, September 
16, 1873, and died in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 19, 1953, shortly 
before his eightieth birthday, of injuries received two days earlier in an 
automobile accident. 

His parents were John Alexander Frazer and Nancy Emeline Aber- 
nathy Frazer. He was married October 25, 1899, to Miss Sarah Winnie 
Jones, of LaFayette, who "preceded him home" in 1943. To this union 
were born two daughters, Winnie Love, and Emily Jones (Mrs. James 
B. Kuykendall, Jr.) who survive and live in Charlotte, and a son, Wil- 
liam Henry Frazer, Jr., who died in infancy. 

He attended Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, 
Tenn., 1894-97, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts; and 
Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., 1897-99, graduating with 
the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. Three honorary degrees came in 
later years: Doctor of Divinity, from Presbyterian College of South Car- 
olina in 1908; Litt. D., from Davidson College in 1928; LL.D., from 
Southwestern in 1937. 

He was licensed July 12, 1899, and ordained October 21, 1899, by 
Atlanta Presbytery in the Synod of Georgia. He was pastor of the Geor- 



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gia Avenue church in Atlanta, 1899-1901; of the Tatnall Square church, 
Macon, Ga., 1901-06; of the First church, Anderson, S. C, 1906-1917. 
While at Macon he was Stated Clerk of Macon Presbytery, 1902-06. Dur- 
ing his ministry at Anderson he organized and conducted a preparatory 
school for boys, known as Frazer Fitting School. 

In 1917 he began his fulltime work with educational institutions. He 
was President of Belhaven College, a girl's school controlled and op- 
erated by the Synod of Mississippi in Jackson, 1917-21. Then he was 
President of Queens College, and Queens-Chiccra^ College, Charlotte, 
1921-39. He resigned the Presidency in 1939, and thereafter gave himself 
to the pastorate and supply-ship. 

While at Queens he supplied the Sugaw Creek church and was pas- 
tor of the Mallard Creek church, in Mecklenburg Presbytery. After his 
retirement from educational work, he was pastor of the Pineville, Banks, 
and Six Mile churches, a group of churches in Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery, from 1939 until 1947, when he was honorably retired by Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. 

Dr. Frazer was a preacher of the full and simple gospel of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. He believed the Bible to be the Word of God, not just a 
book "containing" that Word mixed in with writings of merely human 
origin. He was a diligent and painstaking student, and spoke with the 
authority born of knowledge and spiritual experience, with the authority 
possessed by one who is an honest and humble and fearless spokesman 
for God. 

Dr. Frazer was a school administrator who was wise and tireless and 
courageous, carrying forward the development of the schools in material 
things and in things of the Spirit. The Editor of the Charlotte, N. C, 
Observer has written of him: 

"When he took over the presidency in 1921, Queens was a small 
college hardly known outside of the Carolinas. When he retired 
eighteen years later, the school had been accredited by the South- 
ern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, it had been ex- 
panded with new buildings and equipment. During his tenure Queens 
became known not only for its high scholastic standards, but also 
for the deep spiritual influence it had on its students. This influ- 
ence was infused into it by the example of a President who lived his 
creed." 

Upon leaving Belhaven College the Board of Trustees adopted the 
following resolution concerning him: 

"Be it resolved by the Board of Trustees of Belhaven College 
that the highest commendation and the most earnest thanks of this 
Board be given to Dr. W. H. Frazer for the work accomplished for 
good at Belhaven College, and particularly for the business-like 
administration of the affairs of the college, and the Christian spirit 
manifested by him in administering the responsibilities and duties 
entrusted to him." 

Dr. Frazer was an accomplished and popular after-dinner speaker. 
His stories, most of them with settings in the South and Southern sit- 
uations, seemed to be always available for his use in bringing smiles or 



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in relieving tension in individuals or groups. His book, "The Possumist," 
records many of these fine stories. 

Besides his sermons, Dr. Frazer left several other pieces of writing, 
being the author of Bible Notes, 1923; "The Possumist," 1924; "Fireside 
Musings," 1925; "Challenging Mantles," 1926. For several years imme- 
diately preceding his decease, he was a Contributing Editor for the 
Southern Presbyterian Journal, of Weaverville, N. C, set for the defense 
and propagation of the faith once delivered to the saints, a journal in 
the inauguration of which he had shown a deep interest. 

One of Dr. Frazer's greatest contributions came late in life. After he 
had been "retired" by Mecklenburg Presbytery, he engaged in supply 
preaching and pastoral work for churches which had lost their minister 
and had not yet called another. More than a dozen churches in the Char- 
lotte area and other parts of the General Assembly were blessed by these 
temporary ministries. The fine work that he did in this field of service 
is an interesting commentary upon our Assembly's lately-adopted rule 
for the compulsory retirement of Ministers. 

It will be of interest, as well as a deserved tribute to Dr. Frazer, to 
set down some of the many thrilling comments received recently from 
churches which he served as interim Pastor. Ministers, judges, business 
men have written the following statements: 

"Dr. Frazer's ministry served as a blessing in the Government 
Street church. Mobile; First church, Tampa; Central church. Mobile; 
according to my personal knowledge. When a minister leaves a 
church, in the interim between pastorates the work usually suffers, 
but in Dr. Frazer's case he always left the church stronger in every 
department after his ministry of temporary supply, and what is 
more he never interfered with the pulpit committee in the efforts 
to get a full-time Pastor. He did not use the office to place men 
of his choice but brought honor to the office of temporary supply. 
Young and old rallied to his ministry. Perhaps his greatest contri- 
bution was in pastoral visitation, which he did with a whole-hearted 
love for individuals." 

"Dr. Frazer supplied the South Highland church, Birmingham, 
during the month of February 1947 and moderated the congre- 
gational meeting for the call of a new Minister. He endeared him- 
self to our people by his forceful and Bible-grounded sermons, 
his sympathetic help to the sick, his never-failing good humor. 
He had an almost inexhaustible supply of good stories and jokes 
for 4inner meetings. We were sorry to give him up." 

"While with us at Central church at Mobile, Dr. Frazer en- 
deared himself to all by the sincerity of his preaching, the friend- 
ships formed by his constant visiting; and the influence of his 
great Christian character has left us a beloved memory." 

"Dr. Frazer won the hearts of this fine congregation of the First 
church, Tampa, during the time of his supply-ship here, 1947-48. 
In all his work, he exemplified the qualities of a true Christian. He 
was a diligent and faithful Pastor, and an unfailing friend to every 
one according to their needs." 

"Dr. Frazer took the interim pastorate of this congregation under 
the most difficult of circumstances. Almost immediately, his good 



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common sense, his delightful humor, his wide knowledge of the 
Church, his forceful personality, and his inordinate love for peo- 
ple. . . set this people well on the road to a wider and greater service 
than it had ever known before. His faith in the future of this 
church was contagious, until now, less than two years after his work, 
the Lakeland church is in the midst of a $250,000 building program 
which will be, in no small measure, somewhat of a memorial to his 
effective work." 

"Dr. Frazer served as Stated Supply of the Shenandoah church 
in Miami for seven months during 1951-52, and greatly endeared 
himself to the hearts of these people. He was an eloquent and 
scholarly preacher, and his fine Christian spirit and winsome humor 
made him a favorite among old and young alike. His service to 
this church and others was in the highest and best of our great 
Presbyterian heritage and will bless our people for years to come." 

*'The news of Dr. Frazer's death caused genuine sorrow in Gaines- 
ville, Fla., along with the feeling that the Church at large, as well 
as our First church here, has sustained a great loss in the transla- 
tion of one of our noblest and most useful ministers. The service 
he rendered since his retirement was as invaluable as it was unique. 
Few people are so gifted as to be able to step into a temporary 
situation and discharge the obligations with such fidelity and satis- 
faction to the flock." 

"The First church of Concord, N. C, had the privilege and bless- 
ing of the pastoral services of Dr. Frazer from April through August 
1952. During that time he rendered our church and community val- 
iant service. In addition to preaching splendid sermons, his outstand- 
ing work was in visiting the sick and shut-ins. Because of his radiant 
personality he was always able to bring cheer and comfort to those 
who were in special need. He knew how to 'pray with and for the 
people'." 

"Our Oakland, Fla., church was the last field Dr. Frazer served, 
and we all feel that he was a great inspiration to us. We all knew 
him well because he was a frequent visitor in our homes. We are 
all better Christians because his sermons always rang true to the 
Word of God and gave evidence of his careful and prayerful prepa- 
ration." 

"We of Palma Ceia church loved Dr. Frazer and deeply regret 
the unfortunate accident which caused him to leave his work." 

"Dr. Frazer acted as supply minister for the Second Presby- 
terian Church of Charleston, S. C, during the summer of 1950. 
Through his fine preaching, delightful personality and charming 
ways, he ingratiated himself into the hearts of the members of the 
church to such an extent that he virtually took the place of a 
regular minister, and the church experienced none of the letdown 
which usually occurs at such periods." 

"Dr. Frazer was supply Pastor at Hopewell church from October 
1952 to January 1953. His pulpit ministry was absolutely sound 
in doctrine, thoroughly scriptural, practical, comforting, and helpful. 
In his Bible teaching he unfolded the scripture in a most enlight- 
ening manner. He was prompt in response to calls in cases of 
sickness, death, sorrow or trouble in the congregation. He won the 
friendship and confidence of every one he came in contact with." 



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Many will recognize the suitability of the words of the Editor of the 
Charlotte Observer: "Few men have had such wide contact as Dr. Frazer 
had with the people of his faith; few have exerted such a profound in- 
fluence over such a great area. He went about doing good." 

Dr. Frazer would subscribe to Paul's words (Romans 14:8), "Whether 
we live or die, we are the Lord's." And we can be sure that he will 
go on loving and serving and praising in glory the One whom he loved 
and served and praised while here. 

W. A. Gamble 



History of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church — The following 

History of the Paw Creek Presbyterian Church was read by 
Mrs. Quinton Holton and was adopted. 

HISTORY OF PAW CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 
1809-1953 

About a half mile south of this building is a small stream flowing 
in a southwesterly direction toward the Catawba River into which it 
empties. The name of this stream is Paw Creek, so named no doubt by 
the Indians, from the large number of papaw trees growing on its banks. 
From the Papaw Creek the neighborhood took its name. When our fore- 
fathers received authority from Concord Presbytery to organize them- 
selves into a Presbyterian Church, it was natural that they should 
desire this same name. 

In the pastorate of the Rev. S. C. Pharr, D.D., on December 28, 1865, 
the name was changed by vote of the congregation from Paw Creek to 
Caldwell, in memory of the Rev. Samuel C. Caldwell, first pastor of the 
Church. It was done by a majority of the congregation present. It is 
not stated that Presbytery was asked to make the change. The name 
Caldwell uniformly appears in the Sessional records, and no criticism 
made by the Presbytery; so we suppose the name was changed according 
to law. The name, however, was a misfit and was changed back to 
Paw Creek at the fall meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery in 1882. 

The original territory of Paw Creek extended from the Catawba 
River on the west to Chadwick Mill on the east, and was bounded on the 
north by Hopewell and on the south by Steele Creek. Within these 
bounds, or on their borders, are many other churches at the present 
time which drew from Paw Creek at their organization. They are as 
follows: Moore's Chapel Methodist, Mulberry Presbyterian, Pleasant 
Grove Methodist, Cook's Memorial Presbyterian, McGee Presbyterian, 
Thomasboro Presbyterian, and Homestead Methodist. In addition Paw 
Creek gave her Negro Membership in the organization of WoodlanS 
Presbyterian Church, and perhaps also to Morning Star Methodist 
Church, these latter two being Negro churches. Within the original 
bounds of Paw Creek, are also the following Churches: Chadwick Meth- 
odist, Chadwick Baptist, Thrift Methodist, Thrift Baptist, St. James 
Methodist, and Thomasboro Baptist. Paw Creek has also helped enrich 
the life of the Presbyterian, A. R. P., Methodist and other churches of 
Charlotte and Mt. Holly through her gift of members. 



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The early official records of the church have been lost, and the 
only records of available information concerning the early days of Paw 
Creek are two brief historical sketches. One by an unknown author, and 
another by Mt. T. T. Johnston, an elder in the church. This sketch was 
dictated by Mr. Johnston in his eighty-ninth year. 

The writer of the older sketch says: "In spring of 1807 the people 
of this vicinity, desirous of having the gospel preached to them, and 
being remote from other churches, thought of erecting a place of public 
worship in their own neighborhood. Accordingly for this purpose, a 
meeting was held at the house of John Hipp, when it was unanimously 
resolved to send a petition to Presbytery to this effect." 

The writer says the petition was opposed by the Presbytery, which 
convened at Centre Church, Iredell County, and that nothing decidedly 
was done until the autumn of 1810 when, after much opposition, it was 
received as a vacancy. 

Mr. T. T. Johnston, born in 1790, says the church was organized in 
1809, but was not enrolled by Presbytery until 1810. The late Rev. R. Z. 
Johnston, who was an accurate compiler of historical data, gives the date 
of organization as 1809. 

The church has, during her history, erected three church buildings. 
In 1809 the people erected a small log structure which served until 
1824. In the autumn of 1824, the people decided to build a new structure. 
This was a large frame building, which was dedicated in the autumn (jf 
1826. In the summer of 1881, known as the dry year, the congregation 
undertook the erection of a third house of worship. The work was not 
completed that summer, and the walls were injured to such an extent 
during the winter following that it was necessary to tear them down. 
The work was begun afresh, however, and on the last Sunday in 
March 1882 the pastor, Rev. G. L. Cook, preached the first sermon in th6 
new brick church, which stood south of the site of the two former 
buildings. In 1927 work was begun on an addition to this brick church. 
This addition consisted of a Sunday School Building and a portico to 
the front of the church. This work was completed in 1928 at a cost of 
$14,000.00. At the completion of this work there was debt of $6,000.00 
on the church. The congregation finished the paying of this debt in 1939; 
and Rev. C. G. Lynch, a former pastor, preached the dedication sermon 
on Easter Sunday 1939. 

The following sons of this church have served in the Gospel Min- 
istry: John Hays Johnston, after taking two years in Davidson College 
and two years in Union Seminary, preached a few months, perhaps a 
year, and then gave up the ministry; Rev. S. L. Cathey, 1898 until his 
retirement in 1946 (Rev. Mr. Cathey died in 1949); Rev. L. C. Campbell. 
1916-1927 (Rev. Mr. Campbell died in 1927); Rev. C. M. Campbell, 1918— 
his death in 1951; Rev. W. L. Baker, 1921-present; Rev. T. B. Hoover, 
Jr., 1939-present; Rev. John Henry Sadler who was ordained May 17, 
1953. 

The following is a roll of the pastors of the church: Rev. Samuel 
Caldwell, 1809-1819; Rev. John Williamson, 1819-1842; Rev. H. B. Cun- 
ningham, D.D., 1843-1858; Rev. Robert Burwell, 1858-1864; Rev. S. C. 
Pharr, D.D., 1864-1869; Rev. James S. Barr, 1869-1872; Rev. Mr. Query, 
about 6 months; Rev. R. H. Chapman, D.D., 1874-1877; Rev. George L. 
Cook, 1877-1888; Rev. J. J. Kennedy, 1889-1892; Rev. W. C. C. Foster. 
1893-1896; Rev. J. S. Shaw, 1896-1899; Rev. George L. Cook, 1899-1906; 
Mr. S. S. Harrison, 4 months; Rev. J. E. Berryhill, 1907-1913; Rev. C. G. 



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Lynch, 1913-1918; Rev. C. H. Rowan, 1918-1924; Rev. R. P. Walker, 
D.D., 1924-1926; Rev. C. H. Rowan, 1926-1943; Dr. John R. Rosebro, 
stated supply, 1943-44; Rev. F. S. Johnston, 1944-present. 

We are proud of the growth of our church since Presbytery last met 
with us in 1942. 

In 1944 the Rev. Frank S. Johnston came to us from Wilmington, 
N. C, and is still serving as our present minister. 

The membership has increased 90 members and the offering to be- 
nevolences has grown from $1,442.00 to $11,437.00. The present Sunday 
School enrollment is 299 members. 

Many improvements have been made on the present church build- 
ing. The hearts and voices of the people sing praises to God now with 
the sweet music which is rendered on the Hammond electric organ in- 
stalled in 1945. The entire sanctuary was renovated and an automatic 
oil furnace was added. A few years ago the Women of the Church 
started a carpet fund and in 1951 the floor was covered with a beautiful 
carpet. To add to the beauty and comfort of the building, new seats 
were purchased and used for the first time the first Sunday of January, 
1952. 

The young people of the church were largely responsible for the 
Fellowship Building which was completed in 1949. This building has 
certainly been a blessing to the members of the church. 

Every summer the Men's Fellowship Club of the church sponsors an 
annual fish supper which started on a very small scale. Each year 
it grows and this year more than 500 plates were served to the mem- 
bers and their friends from far and wide. The members do not think of 
this event as a means of making money but rather as a social where 
good Christian fellowship is enjoyed by all who attend. 

Everyone, especially the boys of the church, are very grateful to 
the Men's Club for the two scout groups which were organized in 1952. 

At the present time the members of the congregation are making 
plans to build a new modern manse for our pastor and his family. Our 
prayer is that God will lead and direct us in this undertaking. 

Our fathers laid the foundations here deep and strong in faith 
and in the assurance that God will carry to a successful conclusion 
the work begun more than one hundred and forty years ago. But He is 
expecting through us to accomplish His purpose. It remains for us to 
determine the kind of superstructure that shall be built on the 
foundation already laid. If we build into it the gold and silver and 
precious stones of unwavering faith and unfeigned love to God and 
man, linked with sincere godliness in our daily living, then there will be 
found in this place a glorious church that will gather into her folds 
the weary and heavy laden who need and covet the rest and the peace 
she can offer them through Christ Jesus her Lord and Savior. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, C. H. Little, J. W. Stork, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yandell, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. 
Neill, Chas. M. Boyd, W. I. Howell, Jr., D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, 
J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., S. M. Inman, J. O. Mann, 



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F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, A. L. Thompson, R. F. 
Whitley, J. A. Carriker, H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, 
R. C. Long, J. C. Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, 
H. B. Carter, Watt M. Cooper, H. V. Carson, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana 
Waters, O. M. Whitener, W. J. Huneycutt, W. B. McSwain, R. E. Hoke, 
F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, J. P. Holder, L. L Stell, A. H. Key, 
R. W. Rayburn, H. L. Thomas, H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. 
Kerr, C. H. McLean, G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnicky, 
S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, James 
R. Crook, Milos Strupl, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, Henry S. 
Schum, S. Wylie Hogue, C. McD. Coffey, L Howard Chadwick, R. M. 
Cochran— 68. 

Ruling Elders — Harold Burney, Albemarle First; J. L. Donaldson, 
Amity; J. E. White, Banks; Boyce Knox, Bethel; Hugh Harper, Beth- 
lehem; D. A. Monroe, Biscoe; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; H. O. 
Gunnell, Camp Greene; R. E. Suther, Charlotte First; Earl B. Clanton, 
Clanton Memorial; E. Ralph Efird, Commonwealth; Garmon C. McCall, 
Cook's Memorial; Elbert Todd, J. W. Dunlap, Covenant; E. C. William- 
son, Eastminster; D. 0. Parsons, Ellerbe; S. 0. Bauersfeld, Hamlet First; 
C. W. Kidd, Hopewell; H. E. Whitener, Hunters ville; Grady Williams, 
Lee Park; L. C. Hunter, Mallard Creek; J. M. McLauchlin, Mark's 
Creek; P. F. Lee, Marshville; N. C. Long, McGee; W. H. Morrison, 
Monroe First; L. M. Crowell, Mt. Gilead; R. D. Whitley, Mulberry; J. P. 
Hobson, Myers Park; H. B. Grice, North Charlotte; F. A. Wentz, Nor- 
wood; H. H. Houston, Pageland; Plato W. Davenport, Paw Creek; 
J. W. Ussery, Pee Dee; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; Roy A. Whitlev, 
Plaza; N. C. Grier, Providence; Lamant Mayes, Ramah; Alexander M. 
Sims, Rehobeth; Grover Furr, Ridgecrest; W. C. Flowers, Robinson; 
J. L. Nance, St. Paul; W. D. Vanderburgh, Salem; A. B. Hood, Sardis; 
A. B. Ferguson, Seigle Avenue; D. F. Westmoreland, Selwvn Avenue; 
W. 0. Sullivan, Sharon; Carr Price, Siler; E. H. Cooke, Smallwood; H. C. 
Hovis, South Park; Rufus A. Grier, Steele Creek; Guy Privett, Stephen- 
son; Roy H. Todd, Sugaw Creek; Edgar D. Byers, Sunset Hills; C. L. 
Elliott, Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; J. W. Gilchrist, 
Trinity; J. C. Richardson, Turner; D. F. Garriss, Wadesboro; J. K. 
Starnes, Walkersville; H. D. McLaughlin, Waxhaw; J. G. Kerr, West- 
minster; H. J. Steagall, Westover Hills; J. L Hutchison. Williams Me- 
morial; W. D. Rodgers, Wilmore — 64. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren ; Rev. Jerome Fleischer, 
Rev. Walter Baker, Rev. Joseph Donaldson, Rev. I. Howard 
Chadwick, and Rev. Charles Auten, of the Baptist Church. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — Rev. John A. Carriker, Moderator 
Nominee was elected Moderator. 



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Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted. 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the printed 
docket be adopted with the following modifications: 

1. That as the second order after lunch Presbytery hear the President 
of the Youth Council. 

2. That as the third order after lunch Presbytery hear the Commit- 
tee on Church Extension regarding a Manual for that Committee. 

3. That as the fourth order after lunch Presbytery hear a report of 
the Summer Conferences for the youth of our Presbytery. 

4. That as the fifth order after lunch Presbytery hear Mr. Reginald 
Price or someone of his appointment concerning the Insurance Plan of 
our Church. 

5. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 1 P.M. and reconvene at 2 P.M. 

6. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

F. S. Johnston, Chairman 
H. B. Carter 
F. C. Debele, Jr. 



THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator, Rev. H. B. 

Carter. 

2. Memorials— Dr. W. H. Frazer by Rev. W. A. Gamble. 

3. History of the Paw Creek Presbyterian Church — Rev. F. S. Johnston. 

4. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Ruling 

Elders attending Presbytery for the first time introduced. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. John A. Carriker, Nominee. 

6. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. F. S. Johnston. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. Roswell C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Reports of Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Mr. Rufus A. Grier. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. Roy F. Whitley. 



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13. Reports of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

14. Unfinished Business. 

1. Report of Ad-Interim Committee. 

2. Unionville Property Report. 

15. Reports of Commissioners to the General Assembly. 

16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. (Robinson Church.) 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures— Rev. J. W. Stork, Rev. R. M. Kerr, E. C. 
Williamson, H. L. Whitener. 

2. Judicial Business— Rev. F. D. Johnston, Rev. J. W. Grier, P. W. 
Davenport, Grady C. Williams. 

3. Installations — Rev. E. B. Cooper, Rev. R. H. Stone, H. B. Grice, 
J. W. Flowe. 

4. Resolutions — Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. Jones Barclay, Roy H. Todd, 
N. C. Grier. 

5. Presbytery's Records — Rev. D. E. Carlton, Rev. W. B. McSwain, 
M. L. Harkey, P. F. Howerton. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated: 

1. From a group of people in Star, N. C, petitioning the Presbytery 
to be organized into a Presbyterian Church. The petition was granted 
and a Commission was appointed to organize the Church. The Commis- 
sion appointed to organize the Church is as follows: Rev. R. H. Stone, 
Rev. F. C. Wilkinson, Rev. Geo. A. Fletcher, Rev. J. W. Stork, Rev. 
R. G. Balnicky, J. Edgar Maness, W. E. Price, Dr. S. H. McCall and 
J. Roy Maness. Three Ministers and one elder shall be a quorum. The 
petition was signed by the following: 

J. T. Allen Herbert Brown Mrs. T. L. Maness 

Jean Allen Natalie E. Allen Mrs. Mildred Huntley 

A. K. McDonald Hubert W. Allen Arlene Brown 

Mrs. A. K. McDonald G. K. Aderholt Faye Raynolds 

Bana Allen Mrs. E. L. Dameron Mrs. G. K. Aderholt 
Mrs. Herbert Brown 

2. From the following Ministers requesting permission to be absent 
from this meeting of ^esbytery: Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Rev. Ira H. 
Rawles, Rev. F. R. McAlister, Rev. W. Gatewood Workman, Rev. S. H. 



26 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Zealy, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. W. A. Gamble, Rev. J. G. Kirkhoff. 
The requests were granted. 

3. From Rev. C. Wayne Potter requesting a letter of transfer to the 
Fellowship of Independent Evangelicals. The request was granted. 

4. From the Sub-Committee on Home Missions of the Committee on 
Church Extension requesting Presbytery to instruct its Trustees to deed 
the property at Clanton Memorial Presbyterian Church to the Trustees 
of Clanton Memorial Presbyterian Church. The request was granted. 

5. From the Rev. Hugh B. Carter, Jr., requesting the Presbytery 
to dissolve the pastoral relationship existing between him and the Sun- 
set Hills Presbyterian Church and to grant him a letter of transfer to 
the Presbytery of Roanoke. The congregation of the Sunset Hills 
Church concurred in this request. The request was granted. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — The fol- 
lowing report of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to records: 

Your Commission on the Minister and His Work reports 
the following items of business transacted since the last meet- 
ing of Presbytery. 

1. Approved the call of Westminster Church for the Services of 
Rev. Howard Chadwick. We are prepared, at the direction of Presby- 
tery, to place this call in his hands. 

2. Approved Rev. Andrew C. Allen for work in this presbytery 
under the direction of the Board of Church Extension. 

3. Granted a letter of dismissal to Wilmington Presbytery for Mr. 
Charles Kirby, candidate. 

4. Authorized the dissolution of pastoral relations between McQuay 
Memorial and Rev. Walter Baker at the end of the present church -year. 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Ministers Received — The Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, seek- 
ing membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented a cer- 
tificate of transfer from the Moravian Church in America, 
Southern Province, which was found in order. The Presbytery 
proceeded to examine Mr. Chadwick in accordance with the 
provisions of the Book of Church Order. The examination was 
approved as satisfactory and he was enrolled upon the signing 
of the Covenant. 

A Call was placed in his hands from the Westminster Pres- 
byterian Church and accepted by him. A Commission was ap- 
pointed to install him as pastor of the Church on Sunday, 
September 20, 1953 at 8 P. M. The Commission is as follows: 
Rev. H. V. Carson to preside and propound the constitutional 
questions ; Rev. James A. Jones, to preach ; Rev. W. M. Boyce 



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to charge the pastor ; and Ruling Elder Philip F. Howerton to 
charge the congregation. Ruling Elder Rufus A. Grier to be 
the Alternate elder. A quorum of two ministers and one elder 
was set for the Commission. 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Rev. 

Roy F. Whitley read the Report of the Committee on Ministe- 
rial Education and presented the following men who were 
seeking to be received under the care of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery as candidates for the Gospel Ministry; J. F. Cooley, Jr., 
of the Amay James Presbyterian Church ; Robert J. James, of 
the Thomasboro Presbyterian Church, and Robert M. Cochran, 
of the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, N. C. Being satis- 
fied with the recommendations of the Committee, the Presby- 
tery proceeded to examine the Candidates in accordance with 
the provisions of the Book of Church Order. The examination 
was approved as satisfactory. The Moderator charged the Can- 
didates and Rev. Roy F. Whitley led the Presbytery in prayer 
in behalf of the Candidates. 

Minister Licensed and Ordained — Mr. Robert M. Cochran 
who was formerly an ordained minister of the Presbyterian 
church but dismissed some time ago without censure, was 
recommended by the Committee on Ministerial Education for 
licensure and ordination. The written parts of his examina- 
tion were not required as he had presented his parts for his 
former ordination. Mr. Cochran was examined in accordance 
with the provisions of the Book of Church Order. He preached 
a trial sermon. The examination was approved as satisfactory. 
The Presbytery proceeded to ordain Mr. Cochran with powers 
of an evangelist. Mr. Cochran was ordained to the Gospel 
Ministry with the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery. 
Dr. W. M. Boyce led the ordination prayer. He was enrolled 
in the Presbytery upon his signing of the Covenant. 

Special Committee to Study the Plan of Union — A special 
Committee to study the Plan of Union for presentation of its 
views at an adjourned meeting of Presbytery was appointed 
by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Presby- 
tery. The Committee is as follows: Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, 
chairman ; Rev. W. R. Hall ; Rev. Henry S. Robinson and alter- 
nate Rev. R. A. Young; Ruling Elders W. E. Price, A. R. Shaw 
and alternate T. M. Glasgow. 



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Called and Adjourned Meetings — The Presbytery voted to 
have a meeting at the Call of the Synod of North Carolina 
for the purpose of accepting the benevolent apportionments 
of the Synod for Mecklenburg Presbytery. The Presbytery 
also voted to have an adjourned meeting for the purpose of 
studying the Plan of Union and making suggested changes in 
the plan and for the purpose of hearing and adopting the 
Stewardship Committee's report. The time of the meeting to 
be determined by the Council of Presbytery. 

Bi-Centennial Celebration Committee — The Presbytery 
voted to add four new members to the Committee on the Bi- 
Centennial Celebration of Presbyterianism in Mecklenburg 
County area. They are as follows: Dr. LeGette Blythe, Mr. 
Kenneth Whitsett, Dr. Chalmers Davidson, Mr. James B. Kuy- 
kendall. 

Presbytery's Council — The Presbytery's Council presented 
the Auditor's reports of the Treasurers' Books which was 
adopted. 

Report of Other Commissions — The Commission appointed 
to install the Rev. Henry S. Schum made its report which was 
admitted to record. 

The Commission to install Rev. Henry Schum pastor of 
the Hopewell Church met Sunday night, February 8, 1953 at 
7:20 P. M. 

The Commission consisted of Rev. B. Frank Yandell, J. E. 
Wayland, M. B. Prince, F. Clyde Pratt and Elders Tom Glas- 
gow, and C. L. Elliott. The meeting was constituted with 
prayer by B. Frank Yandell. Rev. F. Clyde Pratt was elected 
Clerk. 

The Commission recessed to join the congregation in wor- 
ship in the auditorium. The Invocation was given by Tom Glas- 
gow, Apostle's Creed by Rev. Frank Yandell, Scripture Read- 
ing by Rev. J. E. Wayland. Rev. M. B. Prince led in prayer. 
The sermon was preached by J. E. Wayland on the subject, 
The Lordship of Jesus. Rev. B. Frank Yandell propounded 
the constitutional questions and the constitutional require- 
ments being met he declared Rev. Henry Schum duly installed 
as pastor of the Hopewell Church. Rev. B. Frank Yandell 



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gave the charge to the Minister. Rev. F. Clyde Pratt gave the 
charge to the congregation. The Benediction was pronounced 
by the Rev. Henry Schum, the pastor. 

The Commission reassembled after the close of the service, 
approved the minutes, and closed with prayer while the con- 
gregation greeted their new pastor. 

Rev. B. Frank Yandell, Chairman 
Rev. F. Clyde Pratt, Clerk 

The Commission to install the Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr. 
as pastor of the Unionville Presbyterian Church was read and 
admitted to Record. 

The Commission to install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., as minister of 
the Presbyterian Church at Unionville, N. C, met at 2:45 P.M., May 10, 
1953, in a Sunday School Room of the sanctuary. The meeting was 
called to order by the chairman, Rev. R. H. Stone. Those present were: 
Revs. C. H. McLean, R. H. Stone, Hugh D. P. Pollard and Elder Jack 
Morison. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Jack Morrison. Rev. 
Hugh D. P. Pollard was elected secretary. 

Rev. R. H. Stone presided. It was noted that the date of installa- 
tion was changed from May 24 to May 17 at 3 P.M. by special permis- 
sion of the Moderator. 

Rev. R. H. Stone asked the constitutional questions. Rev. C. H. 
McLean preached the sermon from the 133rd Psalm, the theme being, 
"Unity of the Brethren." Rev. Hugh D. P. Pollard charged the pastor 
and prayed the prayer of Consecration. Elder Jack Morrison of the 
Benton Heights Presbyterian Church charged the congregation. 

Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., was properly installed as minister of the 
Unionville Presbyterian Church according to The Book Of Church Order, 
Presbyterian Church, U. S. 

The Commission returned to the Sunday School Room where the 
minutes were read and approved. The Commission was dismissed in 
prayer by Rev. C. H. McLean. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Hugh D. Pinckney Pollard, 
Secretary of the Commission 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, 
Jr. made its report which was admitted to record. 

Report of the Commissions to Install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr.: 

Six Mile Creek Presbyterian Church 
May 24, 1953 

The Commission to install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., met just before 
9:30 A.M. and was constituted with prayer. Present were: Dr. H. G. 



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Bedinger, Chairman, Rev. C. H. Little, Rev. R. H. Stone, Mr. Beaumert 
Whitton and Mr. Roy Starnes. Rev. R. H. Stone w^as asked to be secre- 
tary for the Commission. Dr. Bedinger led in a service of worship, in 
which he preached the sermon from the text — Acts 10:29. The presiding 
officer asked the Constitutional questions and upon their being answered 
affirmatively, declared Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., duly called and installed 
pastor of the Six Mile Creek Presbyterian Church. 

Rev. C. H. Little gave the charge to the minister and Rev. R. H. 
Stone gave the charge to the congregation. Following the benediction 
by Mr. Hogue, the congregation welcomed him as their pastor. The 
Commission then reviewed and approved their minutes and the meet- 
ing was closed with prayer. 

R. H. Stone, Secretary 
Banks Presbyterian Church 
May 24, 1953 

The Commission apopinted to install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., pastor 
of the Banks Presbyterian Church met just before 11:00 A.M. with the 
following present: Rev. C. H. Little, Chairman, Rev. Jones Barclay, 
Rev. R. H. Stone and Mr. Beaumert Whitton. The Commission was 
opened with prayer and Rev. R. H. Stone was asked to be clerk. Mr. 
Little preached the sermon from First John 4:7. He then asked the 
constitutional questions and upon their being answered affirmatively, he 
declared Rev. S. Wylie Hogue duly called and installed pastor of the 
Banks Presbyterian Church. The charge to the pastor was given by 
Rev. Jonas Barclay and Mr. Beaumert Whitton gave the charge to the 
congregation. Mr. Hogue pronounced the benediction and was wel- 
comed by the congregation as their pastor. The Commission reviewed 
and approved its minutes and the meeting was closed with prayer led 
by Mr. Whitton. 

R. H. Stone, Secretary 
Rehobeth Presbyterian Church 
May 24, 1953 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., pastor 
of the Rehobeth Presbyterian Church met just before 3:30 P.M. and 
was constituted with prayer by Rev. C. H. Rowan. Rev. R. H. Stone 
was asked to be the clerk. Those present were: Rev. C. H. Rowan, 
Chairman, Rev. C. H. Little, Rev. R. H. Stone, Mr. George B. McClellan 
and Mr. Wiliam Moore of Bethel Presbytery by special invitation of 
the Presbytery. Rev. C. H. Rowan led in the service of worship in 
which he preached the sermon from Matthew 19:16-22. He also asked 
the constitutional questions and upon their being answered affirmatively 
by the pastor-elect and congregation, he declared Mr. Hogue duly 
called and installed pastor of the Rehobeth Presbyterian Church. Rev. 
R. H. Stone gave the charge to the pastor. Mr. George B. McClellan 
gave the charge to the congregation. Following the benediction, which 
was pronounced by Mr. Hogue, the congregation welcomed him as their 
pastor, while the Commission reviewed and approved its minutes. The 
meeting was adjourned with prayer. 

R. H. Stone, Secretary 



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The Commission appointed to ordain and install the Rev. 
C. McD. Coffey, III made its report which was admitted to 
record. 

Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church 
June 14, 1953 

Just before 3:00 P.M. the Commission appointed to ordain and install 
Mr. C. McDonald Coffey, III met in the Sunday School room of the church 
and was organized and constituted with prayer. Present were: Rev. Watt 
M. Cooper, Chairman, Rev. Ben F. Moore, Jr., Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. 
Stewart Yandle and Mr. H. P. Efird. Rev. R. H. Stone was asked to be 
secretary for the Commission. The Commission united with the congre- 
gation in a service of worship, conducted by Rev. Watt M. Cooper. The 
sermon was preached by Mr. C. McDonald Coffey as a trial part. It was 
"The New Commandment." The sermon was sustained as satisfactory 
together with the examination as a whole. The constitutional questions 
were asked by Rev. Watt M. Cooper and there followed the service of 
ordination and installation. Mr. Cooper led the ordination prayer. The 
charge to the pastor was given by Rev. R. H. Stone and the charge to 
the congregation was given by Rev. Ben F. Moore, Jr. After the singing 
of a hymn, the benediction was pronounced by Rev. C. McDonald Coffey, 
III. The congregation came forward to welcome him. 

The Commission stood in recess until they could drive to Oakboro 
and at 4:30 P.M. a service was held there with Mr. Cooper presiding. 
The presiding officer preached the sermon on the subject "The Pentecost 
Experience." He then asked the constitutional questions and the charges 
were given by the same one as at Ridgecrest. Rev. C. McDonald Coffey 
was declared at each place duly called and installed pastor. Following 
the benediction by Mr. Coffey, the congregation at Oakboro welcomed 
him as their pastor. 

The Commission retired to the Sunday School room, read and ap- 
proved the minutes and was adjourned with prayer led by Rev. Stewart 
Yandle. 

Watt M. Cooper, Chairman 
R. H. Stone, Secretary 



Committee on Church Extension Manual — The Committee 
on Church Extension presented a Manual of procedure for 
their Committee which was adopted and is as follows: 

PREAMBLE 

Whereas: 

At the One Hundred Eighty-eighth Stated Session of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, First Presbyterian Church, Hamlet, N. C, April 18, 1950, 
the Committee on Presbytery's reorganization. Rev. James A. Jones, 
Chmn., presented the report of the Committee for its second reading. 
The report was adopted, viz: 

"2. The appointment of a Committee on Church Extension. This 
Committee should be composed of 21 members and assigned the fol- 



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lowing functions to be discharged by sub-committees of the whole: 
Christian Relations, three (3) members; Evangelism, five (5) members; 
Radio, three (3) members; Negro Work, three (3) members; Missions, 
seven (7) members. The Subcommittee on Missions should take over 
the functions of the Special Committee on the Location and Relocation 
of Churches. It is understood that the Committee on Church Extension 
will possess certain 'executive powers' which it may discharge on its 
own, or designate to its Subcommittee on Missions, to assure the efficient 
operation of the duties assigned to it." (Page 45, Minutes of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery, 187th and 188th Stated Sessions), and whereas: 

Subsequently the Negro Work and Home Missions Subcommittees 
have merged (as a committee of ten) for more efficient work, and is re- 
ferred to hereafter as the Committee on Home Missions. 

Therefore: The following Manual of Procedure for the Church Exten- 
sion Committee of Mecklenburg Presbytery has been adopted as of July: 

ORGANIZATION 

1. The Committee on Church Extension shall be composed of twen- 
ty-one (21) members who shall be assigned to subcommittees by the 
Presbytery at the time of appointment. 

2. Members shall serve staggered terms as appointed by the Pres- 
bytery. Members appointed to each subcommittee shall also serve stag- 
gered terms. No member of the Committee shall succeed himself unless 
he has served less than a full term or serve in any dual capacity on 
two subcommittees. 

3. The Committee on Church Extension shall meet to hear and 
review reports of all subcommittees semi-annually. The Chairman shall 
call these and such other meetings as may be necessary for the conduct 
of Committee business. 

Each Subcommittee shall meet at least once quarterly upon call of 
its chairman. 

4. A quorum for the Committee shall be seven and shall include 
at least one member from each Subcommittee. 

5. Chairmen of the various Subcommittees will be appointed or 
reappointed annually by Presbytery at its fall meeting. 

6. Inasmuch as a very close relationship exists between the various 
Subcommittees of the Committee on Church Extension and the Execu- 
tive Secretary and the Office of Presbytery the Executive Secretary may 
be invited to sit with the Committee and the Subcommittees. 

7. The Committee shall coordinate a budget based upon the budgets 
of each Subcommittee. 

THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CHRISTIAN RELATIONS 

It shall be the duty of this Subcommittee to: 

1. Annually issue a pastoral letter to each member church and 
minister of Mecklenburg Presbytery. Such letter shall contain lists of 
important books or articles on the pressing moral and social issues of 
our time. 

2. Bring to the attention of Presbytery any pertinent local prob- 
lems of which the churches of this Presbytery should be cognizant. 

3. Make recommendations. 



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THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

It shall be the duty of this Subcommittee to: 

1. Promote evangelism among the churches of the Presbytery. 

2. Promote city-wide and county-wide lay visitation evangelism. 

3. Promote simultaneous preaching services by cooperating with 
ministerial associations. 

4. Promote an annual exchange of ministers in Presbyterian pul- 
pits in cooperation with Presbyterian Ministers Associations. 

5. Commend to Presbytery in its annual report such churches as 
have done outstanding work in the field of evangelism, individually 
or corporately. 

6. Address a pastoral letter at least once annually to member 
churches and ministers of the Presbytery. Such letter shall contain lists 
of important books and articles on the subject of evangelism. It shall 
also contain lists of available workers in the field of evangelism locally 
whether speakers, visitors, musicians. 

7. Make recommendations. 

THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS 

The duty of this Subcommittee shall be three-fold: 

1. The care of Home Mission Churches. A Home Mission Church is 
one that without help from Presbytery through the Subcommittee on 
Home Missions would be unable to conduct regular worship services. 

In discharge of this duty the Subcommittee shall have: , 

a) Authority to cooperate with churches in question with regard 
to securing pastors or other church workers, and to enlist volun- 
tary personnel from amongst clergy and laity. 

b) Authority to prepare and administer a budget subject to the 
authority granted by Presbytery for the same. 

c) The responsibility for securing and disbursing money made avail- 
able through the Church and Manse Building Fund or other 
special funds which it may secure. 

2. The assistance of weaker churches. A weaker Church is one that 
can provide for itself no more than a minimum of staff and activity 
and finds itself unable to carry on such a program alone that will 
enable it to compete successfully, etc. with other churches in the com- 
munity so as to result in steady growth. 

In discharge of this duty the Subcommittee shall: 

a) Have authority to lend its staff or paid workers for short periods 
of intensive help, say quarterly, provided the church will assume 
at least one third of the financial outlay required. 

b) Encourage stronger churches to assist specified weaker churches 
in some "church buddy" cooperative program. Interest Presby- 
tery Men and other lay groups in this "church buddy" plan. Will 
urge the stronger churches to consider financial assistance where 
advisable. 

c) Exploit every possibility for the strengthening of these existing 
weaker and smaller non-selfpropogating churches in a given area 
before new work in such area is organized. (For new work, cf. 
under 3 below). 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



3. The location and relocation of churches. 
In discharge of this duty: 

1. Exploit every possibility for the strengthening of the smaller 
existent churches in the general area. 

2. Consult with the pastors and sessions of all churches holding 
the Presbyterian and Reformed System of Faith within a 
radius of three (3) miles from the proposed site of a new 
church. 

3. Ascertain by suitable house visitation and other reliable means 
for obtaining public reaction or response the local need for 
such new work. 

4. Analyze the proposed area with respect to natural or artificial 
barriers that may affect church going in a given neighborhood, 
e.g., dangerous crossings, railway lines, creeks or other im- 
pediments — particularly with respect to movement of children. 

5. Adopt the principle that no new work will be started until 
points (1) to (4) above have been duly considered and that one 
and one half surface miles shall be considered the minimum 
distance for churches except for unusual situations created by 
(4) above. 

6. That 8 miles be the minimum distance between rural churches. 

b) The Subcommittee shall be consulted by existing churches in 
matters of contemplated merger; relocation; and establishment 
of mission outposts. 

c) Any church that feels its interests jeopardized by the actions of 
the Subcommittee has the right of appeal to the decision of 
Presbytery. 

d) Make recommendations. 



THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RADIO AND TELEVISION 

It shall be the duty of this Subcommittee to: 

1. Address a pastoral letter to each member church and minister 
in this Presbytery at least annually. This letter shall contain informa- 
tion with regard to the worthwhile programs which come over the air. 

2. Cooperate with ministerial associations in general religious pro- 
gramming and coordinate such programs for Presbyterian participation; 
exploit ways and means to interest ministers in this medium for reli- 
gious education. Serve as liason between churches and broadcasting 
outlets. 

3. Act as consultant to the Office of Presbytery in any matters 
which relate to necessary publicity through the channels of radio or 
television. 

4. Make recommendations. 

*Note: The duties of the former Committee on Location and Reloca- 
tion of Churches may be found in the Minutes of the 153rd 
Stated Session of Mecklenburg Presbytery on pages 20-23, a gist 
of which is: (1) To make surveys with regard to location of 
churches that may need relocating; (2) To locate areas where 
new churches should be built; (3) Provide publicity about the 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 35 



need for the work; and (4) Counselling with churches, consid- 
ering their locations, and with communities that are in need 
of churches. 

Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1 P. M. Rev. J. W. Grier 
led in prayer. 



AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P. M. and was led in prayer by 
Ruling Elder W. E. Price who remembered the many mem- 
bers of the Presbytery who were ill. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence was 
nominated for the office of Moderator for the next meeting 
of Presbytery. 

President of Senior Youth Fellowship Speaks — Sam Inman, 
Jr., President of the Senior Youth Fellowship of the Presby- 
tery, spoke to the Presbytery about the youth work and urged 
the Ministers and elders to seek to know the young people 
better and help them more. The Stated Clerk of the Presby- 
tery was instructed to write a letter of commendation and 
assurance to the young people. 

Report on Senior and Pioneer Conferences — Rev. D. E. Wil- 
kinson and Rev. Hugh B. Carter gave most inspiring accounts 
of the Senior and Pioneer Conferences held earlier in the sum- 
mer. The Committee on Education was requested to study the 
possibility for a conference for Juniors. 

Report of the Commissioners to the General Assembly — 

The Comissioners to the 1953 General Assembly reported their 
attendance upon the meeting. The Commissioners were com- 
mended for their diligence and the reports were received as 
information. 

Report of Committee on Presbytery's Records — ^The Com- 
mittee on Presbytery's Records made the following report 
which was adopted: 

The Committee on Presbytery's Records had placed in our hands 
the Minutes of the 199th and 200th Stated meetings of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery. We have found these records in excellent order. 

The Committee would recommend that Presbytery commend the 
Clerks for their diligent service. 

W. B. McSwain 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

The 201st session of Mecklenburg Presbytery meeting in the Paw 
Creek Presbyterian Church would express its gratitude to the pastor, 
Rev. F. S. Johnston, and officers of the Church for the cordial welcome 
accorded us and for the preparations made for our comfort and the 
facilities made available for our work. 

We would thank the Women of the Church for the delicious and 
more than adequate lunch. We should express our gratitude to Mrs. 
Doris Holton for the history of the congregation and rejoice with them 
in God's blessing upon their work. 

To Mr. Irwin Belk we extend our thanks for a Presbyterian tie. Grati- 
tude is extended to those who have inspired us with reports and sermons. 

For a good day in His service we thank God and the Paw Creek 
Presbyterian Church. 

We request that this report be made available to the pastor of the 
congregation. 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone 
Roy Todd 

Report on Unionville Church Property Matter — The Rev. 
R. H. Stone made the following report on the Unionville 
Church Property matter which was adopted: 

Pursuant to instructions given at the last meeting of Presbytery 
relative to disposition of a part of the property of the Unionville Pres- 
byterian Church on which the Manse is located, I went to Mr. John S. 
Cansler, chairman of the Trustees of the Presbytery, and laid the facts 
before him. He gave his opinion that the trustees of the Church by 
order of the Unionville Presbyterian congregation could sell some of 
their property if the funds were used for the improvement of the Church 
as directed by Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone 

Bible in Public Schools — The following motion was 
adopted : 

Mecklenburg Presbytery gives its approval and endorse- 
ment to the teaching of Bible in the Public Schools, supported 
by funds raised by voluntary subscriptions with attendance 
upon such classes being voluntary. 

Meetings of Presbytery — The Presbytery requested that 
the Executive Secretary furnish the members of Presbytery 
with information as to how to reach the place of meeting for 
each stated session. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 37 

Next Meeting — The Presbytery accepted the invitation of 
the Robinson Church for its next stated session. 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

The Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the Rev. 
Hugh B. Carter to meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C. in adjourned session at 5 P. M. on September 
21, 1953. 

John A. Carriker, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 

B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 

A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



38 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Called Meeting 

of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



First Presbyterian Church 
Wilson, N. C. 
September 9, 1953 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met at the direction of the Synod 
of North Carolina and was called to order by the Moderator, 
Rev. John A. Carriker. Ruling Elder Ted Ohlenburg led the 
Presbytery in prayer. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— C. G. McClure, F. C. Wilkinson, S. M. Hutchison, R. W. 
Rayburn, George A. Fletcher, A. Leslie Thompson, Watt M. Cooper, 
Howard Chadwick, John A. Carriker, F. C. Debele, Jr., J. C. Lawrence, 
C. E. S. Kraemer, J. W. Stork, Milos Strupl, R. G. Balnicky, L. L Stell, 
James R. Crook, Kirk N. Nesbit, Russell M, Kerr, S. M. Inman— 20. 

Ruling Elders — T. Ohlenburg, Caldwell Memorial; J. C. Price, Steele 
Creek; J. N. Stribling, Charlotte First; F. C. Efird, Marshville; N. M. 
Craig, Sardis; V. L. Hunter, Sugaw Creek; Don Graham, Common- 
wealth; Harold A. Smoak, Trinity; Neal A. Ranson, Westminster — 9. 

The Call — The Call for the meeting of the Presbytery at 
the direction of the Synod was for the purpose of adopting 
Synod's benevolent apportionments. 

The Rev. J. W. Stork was elected permanent clerk for this 
meeting. 

Synod's benevolent askings of $370,130 was adopted. 

The Committee elected by Presbytery to study the Plan 
of Union announced the adjourned session of Presbytery to be 
held Monday, September 21st. at 5 P.M. at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Charlotte, N. C. A dutch treat supper will be 
served at 6 P.M. and at 7 :30 P.M. the Presbytery would re- 
convene for the discussion of the Plan of Union. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Rev. F. C. Wilkinson led the closing prayer. 

Rev. J. A. Carriker, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 

J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Protem 

A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Adjourned Meeting 

of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 

First Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
September 21, 1953. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in adjourned session 
at the First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 5 P.M. 
on the above date. The Moderator, Rev. John A. Carriker, led 
the opening exercises. The Rev. Roswell C. Long led in prayer. 

The Roll — The following were present or enrolled during 
the meeting. 

Ministers — C. E. S. Kraemer, J. A. Carriker, H. S. Robinson, W. B. 
Neill, F. C. Debele, Jr., Watt M. Cooper, R. G. Balnicky, Hugh D. P. 
Pollard, W. M. Boyce, E. B. Cooper, R. G. Laurens, S. H. Zealy, H. G. 
Bedinger, Milos Strupl, J. W. Stork, B. F. Yandell, Kirk N. Nesbit, 
R. W. Rayburn, Roy F. Whitley, R. H. Stone, Roswell C. Long, W. B. 
McSwain, W. A. Gamble, S. W. Hogue, Jr., D. E. Carlton, Henry S. 
Schum, J. Cecil Lawrence, A. L. Thompson, F. C. Wilkinson, Sheldon F. 
Koesy, M. G. Lyerly, S. M. Inman, M. B. Prince, Jr., L. L Stell, C. H. 
McLean, R. A. Young, W. M. Walsh, G. Dana Waters, James R. Crook, 
R. M. Kerr, George A. Fletcher — 41. 

Ruling Elders — Duncan McAskill, Ellerbe; C. B. Choate, Central 
Steele Creek; J. L Hutchinson, Williams Memorial; Campbell W. Ansley, 
Trinity; J. W. Russell, Matthews; C. W. Kidd, Hopewell; G. Dewey 
Klutz, South Park; J. L. Nance, St. Paul; D. F. Westmoreland, Selwyn 
Avenue; M. B. Query, Caldwell Memorial; John C. Ashcraft, Plaza; 
R. A. Morrow, Monroe First; C. A. Dunn, Cook's Memorial; Rufus A. 
Grier, Steele Creek; Samuel W. Smith, Charlotte First; P. F. Lee, 
Marshville; C. B. Grier, Pineville; G. W. Holbrook, Thomasboro; Bert 
McLaurin, Rockingham First; W. B. Sullivan, Sharon; C. B. Baird, 
Sardis; Roy H. Todd, Sugaw Creek; S. H. McCall, Jr., Troy— 23. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren : Rev. Charles Gibboney, 
Rev. Malcolm Calhoun and Rev. W. S. Boyce. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council 
presented the following Stewardship report which was 
adopted : 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 



For the year 1952-53, Mecklenburg Presbytery gave to Benevolences: 

Assembly's Causes $188,221 

Synod's Causes 227,869 

Presbytery's Causes 105,910 

Congregational Missions 43,097 

Miscellaneous Benevolences 58,117 

Total $623,214 

These contributions amount to $21.85 per capita. The increase in 
miscellaneous benevolences the past few years shows a definite trend 
towards independency of action by congregations instead of distribution 
by percentages asked by Assembly, Synod and Presbytery. 

We offer for the consideration of Presbytery the following recom- 
mendations : 

1. That Presbytery adopt as its Benevolent Budget for the church 
year January 1-December 31, 1954, the apportionments below for As- 
sembly's and Synod's causes, as sent down by Synod and the amount 
for Presbytery's causes as approved by your Council: 

Assembly's Causes $230,764 

Synod's Causes 140,364 

Presbytery's Causes 84,800 

Total $429,174 

2. That the contributions from the churches be applied to the totals 
accepted by Presbytery for the various Benevolent Causes and be dis- 
tributed according to the following schedule of Percentages: 

ASSEMBLY'S Per Cent Amount 

World Missions 26.7 $114,739 

Church Extension 11.2 48,190 

Education 4.8 20,653 

Annuities and Relief 4.0 17,440 

General Fund 6.8 28,824 

Inter Church Agencies .2 918 

Total Assembly's Causes 53.7 $230,764 

SYNOD'S 

Church Extension 4.3 18,175 

William Black Home 6 2,432 

Presbyterian Home — Regular 1.4 6,080 

Presbyterian Home — Special .... None 2,432 (Notincl. in 

Barium Springs — Regular 4.3 18,242 Total below) 

Barium Springs — Special None 24,322 " " " 

Educational Institutions 13.3 57,156 

Religious Education 1.5 6,486 

Campus Christian Life 1.0 4,309 

Inter-Church Agencies 2 730 



Total Synod's Causes 26.6 Net— $113,610 



42 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



PRESBYTERY'S 

Church Extension 18.6 80,000 

Christian Education 1.1 4,800 

19.7 $ 84,800 

GRAND TOTAL 100% $429,174 

*$113,610 does not include the specials for Presbyterian Home and 
Barium Springs, and no percentage is assigned. However, contributions 

through these specials should be included in the church's report at the 
end of the year. 

3. That the following apportionments be made to the individual 
churches of Presbytery: 

GAVE ASKING 
CHURCH 1952-53 Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1954 

Albemarle, First $ 7,122 $ 8,200 

Albemarle, Second 307 1,000 

Altan 369 500 

Amay James 154 240 

Amity 1,150 1,800 

Avondale 2,344 4,000 

Badin 1,275 1,500 

Banks 260 300 

Benton Heights 600 750 

Bethany 69 60 

Bethel 621 600 

Bethlehem 820 720 

Beulah 95 240 

Biscoe 2,201 1,200 

Brainerd 112 240 

Caldwell Memorial 26,410 18,000 

Camden 410 400 

Cameronian 300 400 

Camp Green 963 720 

Candor 579 1,000 

Central Steele Creek 1,541 3,000 

Charlotte, First 71,813 50,000 

Clanton Memorial 543 480 

Commonwealth 11,299 2,700 

Community 82 75 

Cook's Memorial 5,239 4,800 

Cornelius 134 300 

Covenant 75,825 56,000 

Eastminster 130 600 

Ellerbe 1,089 750 

Hamlet 6,204 5,000 

Hawley Memorial 56 50 

Hopewell 4,354 5,000 

Huntersville 6,173 4,000 

Indian Hill 94 240 

Indian Trail 681 600 

Lee Park 521 240 

Locust 708 600 

Macedonia 764 600 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 43 



Mallard Creek 4,201 4,000 

Mark's Creek 921 720 

Marshville 566 720 

Marston 297 480 

Matthews 1,042 1,500 

McGee 931 720 

McLean Memorial 202 360 

McQuay Memorial 489 300 

Mom:oe, First 11,911 7,200 

Morgan Memorial ... 60 

Morris Field 895 720 

Morven 802 720 

Mt. Carmel 331 :^0o 

Mt. Gilead 1,559 1,500 

Mulberry 7,136 5,000 

Myers Park 188,926 84,000 

Nevin 961 600 

New Salem 243 480 

Newell 449 720 

Norman 269 300 

North Charlotte 1,070 1,000 

Norwood 737 1,000 

Oakboro 75 300 

Pageland 349 600 

Park Avenue 125 360 

Paw Creek 11,437 5,000 

Pee Dee 331 240 

Philadelphia 5,046 6,000 

Pineville 1,532 1,500 

Plaza 6,937 7,500 

Pleasant Hill 1,283 1,200 

Providence 3,194 4,500 

Ramah 985 900 

Rehobeth 126 120 

Ridgecrest 200 240 

Robinson 1,194 1,200 

Rockingham 3,512 4,000 

Rourk 522 840 

Saint Andrews 1,880 3,600 

Saint Paul's 2,901 1,800 

Salem 27 120 

Sardis 13,509 4,500 

Seigle Avenue 421 600 

Selwyn Avenue 5,796 4,500 

Sharon 3,558 4,000 

Siler 414 600 

Six Mile Creek 180 

Smallwood 70 420 

South Park 652 600 

Star 240 

Steele Creek 26,383 18,000 

Stephenson 60 180 

Sugaw Creek 13,954 15,000 

Sunset Hills 2,224 1,800 

Tenth Avenue 9,434 7,000 



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Thomasboro 4,701 6,000 

Trinity 22,715 12,000 

Troy 1,565 1,450 

Turner 293 240 

Unionville 161 240 

Wadesboro 2,025 1,200 

Walkersville 257 600 

Waxhaw 810 720 

West Avenue 7,209 6,000 

Westminster 779 4,800 

Westover Hills 2,088 2,400 

Williams Memorial 3,439 4,500 

Wilmore 1,684 2,700 

4. That October 19, 1953-November 15, 1953, be approved as Stew- 
ardship Emphasis Season and that November 8, 1953, be designated as 
Every Member Canvass Day, and that "First Things First" be the thejne 
of the fall 1953 canvass. 

5. That the period of October through December, 1953, be set aside 
as a season in which we encourage tithing. (Not only was the Church's 
whole level of giving raised materially by the "Tithing Adventure" in 
1951, but the whole spiritual tone of the Church was improved.) 

6. That Presbytery approve of the following days and supplemental 
offerings for Synod's Causes: 

(1) For the Orphan's Home at Barium Springs, an over-and- 
above offering taken annually at the Thanksgiving Season. 
Presbytery's quota is $24,322 and is accepted but not included 
in distribution of percentages by central treasurers. 

(2) For Religious Education to promote Vacation Bible Schools 
in the Synod to be taken in April. 

(3) For Synod's Educational Institutions, to be taken on Christian 
Education Day, Sunday, April 25, 1954. 

(4) For The Presbyterian Home, to be taken Mother's Day, May 9, 
1954. 

(5) For Synod's and Presbytery's Home Missions, to be taken at 
a date to be set by the Executive Committee of Church Ex- 
tension, not in conflict with other causes. 

(6) That we commend to pastors and church officers the observ- 
ance of Special Seasons and Special Days, as well as monthly 
and Seasonal Emphases for the period January 1-December 
31, 1954, as recommended by Assembly and Synod. 

(7) That Presbytery approve a per capita tax of $1.00 for the 
period January 1-December 31, 1954, to cover the expenses of 
Presbytery's Office, maintenance and upkeep of Camp Walton 
Stewart, and the office of the Stated Clerk of Presbytery, in- 
cluding assessments of the Assembly and Synod. 

(8) That inasmuch as miscellaneous benevolences amount to 
nearly ten per cent of our total benevolences that the Council 
be instructed and authorized to confer with pastors and 
officers of churches which channel disproportionate amounts 
to outside causes rather than through denominational 
agencies. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 45 

(9) That the Council be authorized to confer with pastors and 
church officers in the case of churches contributing nothing 
to benevolences through Presbytery's central treasurer or 
through regular denominational institutions or agencies. 
(10) That the Council through its Stewardship Committee arrange 
Stewardship conferences in the bounds of Presbytery to 
explain the budget to the officers of the various churches and 
promote the cause of Stewardship throughaut the Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rufus A. Grier, Chairman 

Manual Change-^ — The following request for a Manual 
change was presented by the Sub-Committee on Religious 
Education of the Committee on Education and was adopted on 
first reading. 

At the present time the Sub-Committee on Religious Education con- 
sists of six members elected by the Presbytery plus four ex-officio mem- 
bers, namely, the chairman of the S. S. superintendents, the president 
of the Men of the Presbytery, the president of the Youth Council and a 
representative of the Women of the Church. The six regular members 
are in three classes of two members and each class serves three years. 
The ex-officio members change almost yearly. 

The work of the sub-committee is divided into the following groups: 

Children's Work 1 member 

Youth's Work 3 members 

Young Adult Work 1 member 

Men's Work 2 members 

Leadership Training 2 members 

Camp Stewart 3 members 

This division of the work requires more personnel than the com- 
mittee has. 

We would like to submit the following change which we believe would 
rectify our deficiency: 

1. That there be nine regular members on the Sub-Committee of 
Religious Education plus the four ex-officio members. 

2. That the nine members be in three classes of three each and 
serving three years. 

3. That the classes of 1954 and 1955 be increased to three by the 
election of one additional member and that the class of 1956 consist of 
three members. 

We feel that the Sub-Committee on Religious Education has a big 
job to do and that with the addition of the above personnel will be better 
equipped to do a job. 

Presbytery recessed for supper with prayer by the Rev. 
G. Dana Waters. 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



NIGHT SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 7:30 P.M. with prayer led by 
Rev. S. M. Inman. 

Resolution of Thanks — The Rev. Warner L. Hall expressed 
the gratitude of the Presbytery to the Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 
and the members of the Charlotte First Church for their 
hospitality during this meeting. The Presbytery confirmed 
this expression of thanks by a unanimous vote. 

Privilege of Floor — Presbytery granted the privilege of the 
floor to those members of the Committee, appointed to dis- 
cuss the Plan of Union, who were not members of the Presby- 
tery. 

Plan of Union Discussed — The Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer pre- 
sided and directed the discussion of the Plan of Union. Mr. 
W. E. Price and the Rev. H. S. Robinson discussed the Con- 
current Declarations. Mr. A. R. Shaw and the Rev. R. A. 
Young discussed the Confession of Faith and the Declaratory 
Statement. Mr. T. M. Glasgow discussed the section on Wor- 
ship. The Rev. W. L. Hall discussed the Rules of Procedure. 
The Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer discussed the Rules of Discipline. 

Presbytery expressed its gratitude to the Committee for 
their good work in the discussions. 

Suggested Changes — The following suggested changes in 
the plan of Union were adopted and ordered submitted to the 
General Assembly's Committee on Cooperation and Union. 

1. Add the words "and do you further promise that if at any time 
you find yourself out of accord with any of the fundamentals of this 
system of doctrine, you will on your own initiative make known to your 
Presbytery or Session the change which has taken place in your views 
since the assumption of this ordination vow", to question 3, page 159, Plan 
of Union, in the ordination vows of a minister, and to question 3, page 
138, Plan of Union, in the ordination vows of ruling elders and deacons. 

2. Delete paragraph 11, chapter 34, page 186, Plan of Union. This 
paragraph having to do with property of a particular church. 

3. Rewrite a portion of the "Supplemental Covenant and Agree- 
ment" page 21, Plan of Union, so that churches in the Presbyterian 
Church in the tjnited States of America shall have the same privilege 
of withdrawing from the Union that is afforded churches of the Pres- 
byterian Church in the United States and the United Presbyterian Church 
of North America. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

After prayer by the Moderator Presbytery adjourned to 
meet at the Robinson Presbyterian Church, Route 8, Charlotte, 
N. C, at 9 A.M., October 20, 1953. 

John A. Carriker, Moderator 



F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Two Hundred Second 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Robinson Presbyterian Church 
Route 8, Charlotte, N. C. 
October 20, 1953. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Second Stated Session in the Robinson Presbyterian Church, 
Route 8, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Moderator, Rev. John A. Carriker, presided and led in 
the opening exercises of worship. The subject of the Modera- 
tor's sermon was 'The Necessity of Christ." 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated led 
by the Rev. Russell M. Kerr and the Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer. 

History of the Robinson Church— In lieu of the History of 
the Robinson Presbyterian Church, the Rev. W. B. Neill made 
the following report of the building operations of the Church. 

Report on the Building Operation of Robinson Presbyterian Church, 
made to Mecklenburg Presbytery, at its Fall Meeting in the above 
church, October 20th, 1953. 

"How did you do it with such a small group?" was the question that 
was asked by scores of friends and visitors who came to see the church 
after it was completed. In answering that question, we say: 

I. We needed a church. That made the appeal. 

1. It was so poorly built it could not be made comfortable. The 
heating was the same kind it had when it was built, more than sixty 
years ago. We wanted comfort. 

2. The greatest need was facilities for the Church School. We 
longed for a room for each class, where the teachers could do their 
best work. 

II. God wanted us to have a church. These are the evidences: 

1. Mr. C. K. Thomas, one of our Deacons, had for many years been 

with one of the large lumber companies in Charlotte, and just before 

we got ready to build he opened a shop at his home in the community. 

We think God sent him home to be ready to help us, as he did so 

well. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 



2. We were having difficulty in deciding whether to build to the old 
church or build new, and God sent a storm one Sunday morning and 
shook the church so badly that we knew we did not want to build to it. 
Then we had to rethink our plans. We did not have muqh money, 
and we could not afford to have a church debt. 

3. Another one of the Deacons came up with the suggestion that 
we saw the lumber for the church ourselves. When asked about 
the timber in the community he said, "There is more than we think," 
and went on to say, "We have some and the church can have all of it 
if it needs it." That gave us /heart and we began to work on that 
plan. We think God gave him that thought. 

4. Just before we began to build, some land in the community, on 
which there was fine timber, changed hands. If that change had not 
come about we would not have received one stick of it. As it was we 
were given more than twenty thousand feet. These are some of the 
reasons we think God was working with us. 

III. We wanted a church, and we were willing to work for it. 

1. On January 1st, 1950, we went to cutting and hauling logs. It 
was an inspiring sight to see twenty-five or thirty men at work in the 
woods, all over the area. From that time on nothing could have stopped 
us. In less than two weeks we had hauled enough logs. to make sixty- 
five thousand feet of lumber. We did all the work that could be done 
by untrained men. The old church was taken down and the lumber was 
made ready to use in the new church. 

2. Our organization was very simple. The Board of Deacons was 
the Finance Committee and made all of the plans to keep up the interest. 
It worked at it for five years before we began the building. And finally 
the Board told the church when we had twenty thousand dollars in the 
bank we would start the building. The year we began the building we 
raised more than ten thousand dollars. 

We had a five-man Building Committee, as follows — H. E. McComb, 
chairman, H. C. Sullivan, C. K. Thomas, W. C. Flowers and V. H. 
Brawley. J. C. Dulin was treasurer, and he had no other funds except 
for the building. 

3. The women were working all the time. They were the inspira- 
tion, often for the whole church. Some of the years they raised five 
hundred dollars. When the Building Committee told the church that it 
could not have a steeple, the Evening Circle said it would raise the 
money for it, and did, and got the steeple. 

One woman was raising money all the years for the carpet, and those 
who liked to give to special tjiings were giving to that. 

4. We had many friends who made contributions, some of them 
were large ones. We would like to mention all of them by name, but 
we can not on account of space, and too we might miss some one. 

One woman right here in the community who is in a church in 
another denomination got interested in an organ fund, and after work- 
ing in every way her genius would suggest she finally, when we began 
thinking of buying an organ she turned over five hundred dollars to the 
treasurer, which was the first money for the organ. 

We all worked, hoped, and prayed. And this is the way it was done. 

W. B. Neill 



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The Roll — The following were present or enrolled during 
the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, J. W. Stork, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. John- 
ston, B. F. Yandell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. 
Neill, R. A. Young, W. I. Howell, Jr., D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. 
Jones, R. H. Stone, C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, Jonas 
Barclay, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, A. L. Thompson, W. A. Gamble, 
R. F. Whitley, C. E. S. Kraemer, Warner L. Hall, T. L. MacLean, J. A. 
Carriker, H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, 
J. C. Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, Watt M. Cooper, 
H. D. Hayward, 0. M. Whitener, W. J. Huneycutt, D. E. Carlton, S. H. 
Zealy, W. B. McSwain, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, 
J. P. Holder, L. I. Stell, A. H. Key, R. W. Rayburn, H. L. Thomas, 
H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, G. A. 
Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnickey, S. W. Yandle, Kirk N. Nesbit, 

B. F. Ferguson, J. R. Crook, Milos Strupl, Crawford A. White, J. S. 
Garner, H. S. Schum, S. W. Hogue, Jr., W. Gatewood Workman, C. McD. 
Coffey, I. Howard Chadwick— 70. 

Ruling Elders — H. P. Efird, Albemarle First; John D. Helms, Altan; 
J. C. Kuck, Amith; J. E. White, Banks; O. V. Horton, Benton Heights; 
Walter Henderson, Bethel; C. S. Smart, Bethlehem; E. H. Webb, Beulah; 

C. R. Poole, Biscoe; C. Leon Liles, Camp Greene; R. S. Abernathy, Jr., 
Charlotte First; Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Memorial; Frank C. Stanton, 
Commonwealth; E. E. White, Cook's Memorial; A. R. Craig and H. G. 
Robinson, Covenant; J. W. Conder, Eastminster; W. S. McRae, Ellerbe; 
K. E. Bryson, Hamlet; A. R. Shaw, Jr., Hopewell; T. L. Kerns, Hunters- 
ville; W. K. Helms, Locust; F. R. Johnston, Mallard Creek; P. L. Mc- 
Donald, Mark's Creek; P. F. Lee, Marshville; N. O. Alexander, Matthews; 
A. M. Cathey, McGee; G. J. Whitener, Monroe First; Lee Mclnnis, Mt. 
Carmel; W. L. Plemmons, Jr., Mulberry; J. Lacy McLean, Myers Park; 
John M. Russell, Newell; D. F. Warner, Norman; W. L. Howie, North 
Charlotte; Ernest Pressley, Norwood; W. D. Vanderburgh, Pageland; 
J. Howard McCord, Paw Creek; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; Adrian E. 
Aman, Plaza; John G. Boyd, Pleasant Hill; Henry D. Nevin, Providence; 
G. W. Dry, Ridgecrest; W. E. Hood, Robinson; J. C. Watson, Rourk; 
R. W. Blackwelder, St. Andrews; J. L. Nance, St. Paul; Joe Black, 
Sardis; H. C. Williams, Sharon; Robert A. Plyler, Jr., Siler; J. H. HTall 
South Park; J. F. Allen, Star; R. Belk Hovis, Steele Creek; B. F. Kim- 
brell, Stephenson; Ralph H. Thomas, Sugaw Creek; M. L. Harkey, Jr., 
Sunset Hills; A. R. Pegram, Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; 
W. D. Turner, Trinity; Dr. S. H. McCall, Troy; J. C. Richardson, Turner; 
W. L. Wildermuth, Wadesboro; David Hirst, West Avenue; J. E. 
Thompson, Westminster; R. O. Stillwell, Westover Hills; C. S. Grossett, 
Williams Memorial; T. A. Greene, Wilmore — 66. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren : Rev. W. S. Boyce, Rev. 
Andrew Allen, Rev. Robert Turner, and Rev. J. S. Stokes. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 



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The Assistant Clerk announced that a quorum was pres- 
ent. 

The Rev. R. H. Stone was elected Stated Clerk pro-tem in 
the absence of the Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., stated clerk. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, Modera- 
tor-Nominee was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following re- 
port of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted : 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
follow the printed docket with the following modifications: 

1. That the second order after lunch be devoted for 15 minutes to the 
sub-committee on World Missions. 

2. That the third order after lunch be devoted to the sub-committee 
on Home Missions, Negro Work Division to hear Mrs. C. W. Tillett. 

3. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 1 P.M. and reconvene at 
2 P.M. 

Rev. W. B. Neill 
Rev. J. A. Carriker 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator, Rev. John 

A. Carriker. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials. 

4. History of the Robinson Church, Rev. W. B. Neill. 

5. Enrollment — Members of the Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Intro- 

duction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. W. B. Neill. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Assembly's Minutes. 

9. Communications. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. Roswell C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 



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13. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Mr. Rufus A. Grier. 

2. Ministerial Education — Rev. Roy F. Whitley. 

3. Nominations — Rev. James A. Jones. 

4. Homes — Rev. R. A. Young. 

14. Report of Standing Committees. (See 8 above.) 

15. Unfinished Business. (Manual Changes and Suggestions to Com- 

mittee on Cooperation and Union.) 

16. New Business. (Amendments to the Book of Church Order.) 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First order after lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The following 
standing Committees were appointed by the Moderator. 

1. Bills and Overtures — Rev. John A. Carriker, Chairman, Rev. L. I, 
Stell, R. S. Abemathy, J. Lacy McLean. 

2. Installations — Rev. T. W. McLean, Chairman, Rev. D. E. Wilkin- 
son, Earl B. Clanton, J. W. Flowe. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. C. E. S, Kraemer, Chairman, Rev. W. M. 
Boyce, Joe Black, H. P. Efird. 

4. Resolutions — Rev. E. B. Cooper, Chairman, Rev. R. M. Kerr, C. R. 
Poole, H. C. Williams. 

5. Assembly's Minutes — Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Chairman, Rev. W. B. 
Neill, F. C. Stanton, Thomas L. Kerns. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following ministers asking to be excused from attend- 
ance on this meeting of Presbytery: Rev. J. 0. Mann, Rev. G. Dana 
Waters, Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Re\ I. H. Rawles. The requests were 
granted and Rev. C. G. McClure led the Presbytery in prayer for those 
who were ill. 

2. From the Rev. W. L. Hall requesting that his resignation as a 
member of the Committee on Church Extension be accepted. His re- 
quest was granted and Rev. Robert Turner was named as his successor. 

3. From the Session of the Troy Church requesting permission to 
raise its pastor's salary to $3,600.00 a year. The request was granted. 

4. From Chaplains James B. Reaves and W. M. Boyce, Jr., reporting 
on the progress and extent of their work. The reports were received as 
information with joy. 

5. From Mr. J. W. Grier, Jr., President of the Men of the Presbytery 
requesting that R. S. Abernathy be granted the privilege of making an 
announcement concerning the Men of the Presbytery. The request was 
granted and Mr. Abernathy spoke to the Presbytery announcing the 
meeting of the Men to be held in Albemarle First Church on the night 
of October 26th. 



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Report of Committee on Nominations — The Committee on 
Nominations made the following report which was adopted: 

OflBcers of the Presbytery — Rev. A Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk 
(1956), Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956). 

Trustees — Presbytery: 1956 — Mr. W. H. Abernathy. (10th Ave.) 

Commissions — The Minister and His Work: 1956 — Rev. L. L Stell, 
Rev. Russell Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw (Hopewell). 

Committees — Assembly's Work — Sub Committee on World Missions: 
1956 — Rev. H. L. Thomas, Chairman; Sub Committee on Annuities and 
Relief: 1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman; Sub Committee on Woman's 
Work: 1956 — Mr. J. W. Russell (Matthews); Sub Committee on As- 
sembly's Special Causes: 1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman. 

Church Extension (Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward); Sub Committee 
on Christian Relations: 1956 — Rev. H. D. Hayward; Sub Committee on 
Evangelism: 1956 — Rev. R. G. Balnickey. Sub Committee on Radio: 1956 — 
Mr. Paul B. Marion (Myers Park); 1955 — Rev. Carl Miller, Chairman; 
Sub Committee on Home Missions: 1956 — Rev. I Howard Chadwick; Mr. 
R. A. Grier, Chairman; Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett (Myers 
Park); 1954 — Rev. Robert Turner (For Rev. W. L. Hall, resigned). 

Education (Rev. L. I. Stell, Chairman); Sub Committee on Education 
Institutions: 1956 — Rev. W. M. Boyce; Sub Committee on Campus Chris- 
tian Life: 1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman; Sub Committee on 
Religious Education: 1956 — Rev. David Wilkinson, Mr. J. Norton Strib- 
ling (First, Charlotte), Mr. B. A. Estridge (Caldwell Memorial), 1954— 
Rev. Jas. R. Crook, 1955 — Rev. Wylie Hogue. 

Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce — 1955 — Chairman; 1956 — 
Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. L Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas (Trinity); 1954— 
Rev. W. L. Hall. 

Ministerial Education 1956 — Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence; Rev. G. Dana 
Waters, Chairman; Mr. H. C. Williams (Sharon). 

Homes — 1956 — Rev. H. G. Bedinger; Rev. Kirk Nesbit, Chairman; 
Mr. J. David Flowers (West Avenue); 1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn. 

Committee on Nominations Elected — The following were 
elected to the Committee on Nominations class of 1956, Rev. 
C. E. S. Kraemer, chairman, Rev. Watt M. Cooper and J. B. 
Kuykendall. 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education presented the following young 
men who had expressed the desire to be taken under the care 
of the Presbytery as candidates for the Gospel Ministry: 

Richard Porter Shaw and George Woodside Alexander of the 
Hopewell Church; Jerome Fleischer of the Wilmore Church 
and Robert Smith of the Rourk Church. Upon the recom- 
mendation of the Committee, Presbytery proceeded to ex- 
amine the candidates according to the provisions of the Book 



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of Church Order. The examination was sustained as satisfac- 
tory. The Rev. Charles M. Boyd delivered the charge ; the Rev. 
H. G. Bedinger led in prayer. They were enrolled as candi- 
dates for the Gospel Ministry under the care of the Presby- 
tery. 

Ministers Received — The following Ministers seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented certifi- 
cates of transfer from other Presbyteries: The Rev. Watson 
S. Boyce from East Mississippi Presbytery and the Rev. Rob- 
ert Turner from Concord Presbytery. The certificates were 
found in order and the Presbytery proceeded to examine the 
Ministers in accordance with the provisions of the Book of 
Church Order. The examination was approved as satisfactory 
and they were enrolled as members of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery upon the signing of the Covenant. 

A Call from the Covenant Church was placed in the hands 
of Rev. Robert Turner and was accepted by him. A Commis- 
sion was appointed to install him as Associate pastor. 

(See Report of Committee on Installations) 

Next Meeting — An invitation from the Session of the 
Covenant Church was accepted for the Winter meeting of 
Presbytery. 

Spring Meeting — An invitation from the Session of the 
Williams Memorial Church was accepted for the Spring meet- 
ing of Presbytery. 

Report of the Commission on the Minister and His Work — 

The following report of the Commission on the Minister and 
His Work was read and admitted to record: 

COMMISSION ON THE MINISTER AND HIS WORK 

Since the last meeting: of Presbytery your commission has trans- 
acted the following business: 

1. Approved the call of Rev. Robert Turner as associate pastor of 
the Covenant Church. 

2. Approved the call of Ramah Church for the services of Mr. Fred 
Holder, senior at Union Theological Seminary. 

3. Approved the request of Amity Church to employ Rev. W. H. 
Johnston as temporary supply. 

4. Approved the call of Robinson Church for the services of Rev. 
W. B. Neill for one year. 



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5. Approved the call of Newell Church for the services of Rev. W. M. 
Walsh for one year. 

6. Granted the transfer of Mr. Harold S. Mace, candidate, to the 
care of Second Presbytery, Associate Reformed Church. 

7. Approved the Rev. John A. Womeldorf of Princeton West Virginia 
for call by the Sunset Hills Church. 

8. Approved the call of Star for the services of Rev. F. C. Wilkerson. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Roswell Long, Chairman 



Call Accepted — A Call from the Star Presbyterian Church 
was placed in the hands of the Rev. F. C. Wilkinson and was 
accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to install him. 
(See report of Committee on Installations) 

Report of Other Commissions — The following reports of 
Commissions were read and admitted to record. 

1. Commission to Organize Star Church: 

The Commission to organize the Star Presbyterian Church met 
August 2, 1953, at 7:00 P.M. at the Star Church. The meeting was 
called to order by the Moderator, Rev. R. H. Stone, and Elder John Ray 
Maness led in tlie opening prayer. The members of the Commission 
present were Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman, Rev. F. C. Wilkinson, Rev. 
R. G. Balnickey, and Elders S. H. McCall, Sr., and John Ray Maness. 
Rev. F. C. Wilkinson was elected Clerk of the Commission. 

Twelve members were received by letter and three by Profession of 
Faith. The following were received by letter from the Biscoe Presby- 
terian Church: 

Mr. John Franklin Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Brown, Mrs. Arline 
B. Brown, Mrs. E. L. (Mary) Dameron, Mrs. T. L. Maness, Mr. and 
Mrs. A. K. McDonald. 

Mrs. Faye Hodges Reynolds by letter from Banner Elk Presby- 
terian Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Aderholt, Sr., by letter from Albemarle First 
Church, and Mrs. Jean Maness Allen by letter from Macedonia Church, 
Candor, N. C. Mrs. Mildred Huntley was received pending her appear- 
ance before the Session. 

Mr. Barney Allen and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Allen were then received 
on Profession of Faith. 

Rev. R. G. Balnickey lead in prayer at their reception. 

Anyone coming into the Church by November 26, 1953, would be con- 
sidered as Charter Members. This date was set by the Commission. 

Rev. F. C. Wilkinson was asked to baptize the new members. Mr. 
Horace McCall was asked to charge the new officers and Rev. R. G. 
Balnickey was asked to charge the congregation. 



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The Commission joined the congregation in a worship service. Rev. 
R. G. Balnickey preached a sermon entitled: "A Spirit Filled Church is a 
Growing Church" and his text was taken from Acts 2:42. 

After the sermon, the Moderator stated the purpose of the Com- 
mission. Rev. F. C. Wilkinson read the names of those received by 
letter and baptized those coming on profession of faith. 

A motion was made and carried that the congregation elect 3 Elders. 
Mr. John Franklin Allen, Mr. Herbert Brown, and Mr. G. K. Aderholt, 
Sr., were elected Elders. 

A motion was then made and carried to elect two (2) Deacons by 
acclamation; Mr. Barney Allen and Mr. Hubert Allen. 

The Moderator propounded the Constitutional questions to the new 
officers and with the exception of Mr. G. K. Aderholt, Sr., who was not 
present, the Presbytery ordained and installed the new officers by the 
laying on of hands. Mr. Stone lead the ordination prayer. Mr. Horace 
McCall charged the new officers, and Rev. R. G. Balnickey charged the 
congregation. The Moderator pronounced and declared them regularly 
elected, ordained and installed as Ruling Elders and Deacons of the 
Presbyterian Church, U. S., according to the Word of God and our Con- 
stitution. The Presbytery greeted the new officers. 

A motion was made and carried to name the Church, "The Star 
Presbyterian Church." 

The Moderator pronounced and declared that the congregation was 
duly constituted and organized as a Presbyterian Church, U. S., and 
according to the Book of Church Order. 

The Commission met to review the minutes, which were approved 
after revision by the Clerk. The Commission adjourned with prayer by 
the Moderator. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Frank C. Wilkinson, Clerk of Commission 

2. Commission to Install Rev. I. Howard Chadwick : 

The Commission appointed to install Reverend Howard Chadwick 
pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church met in the Veterans' Cen- 
ter, 1019 E. Morehead Street, temporary church home of the congrega- 
tion, at 7:50 P.M. on September 20, 1953. The Chairman of the Com- 
mission, Dr. H. V. Carson, opened the meeting with prayer. R. A. Grier 
was appointed secretary. Other members present were: Dr. J. A. 
Jones, Dr. W. M. Boyce and Elder Phillip F. Howerton. 

The Commission then united with the congregation in a service of 
worship led by the Chairman, Dr. H. V. Carson. The sermon from the 
text: John 20:21 was preached by Dr. James A. Jones, who used as his 
theme "The Mission for which we are meant." The Constitutional 
questions propounded by the chairman having been answered affirma- 
tively by pastor and people, the declaration of installation was made 
by Dr. Carson. The charge to the pastor was given by Dr. W. M. 
Boyce. The charge to the congregation was made by Elder Phillip F. 
Howerton. The benediction was pronounced by the newly installed 
pastor. Rev. Howard Chadwick. 

While the officers and members of the congregation were greeting 
the new pastor, the Commission retired, reviewed and approved the 
minutes and adjourned with prayer by Dr. W. M. Boyce. 

H. V. Carson, Chairman 
R. A. Grier, Secretary 



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Report of Presbytery's Council — The following report of 
Presbytery's Council was read and adopted: 

We recommend: 

1. That Presbytery commend the Scholarship Fund to all the 
Churches and that the Council be appointed the Agency to receive 
funds. 

2. That Presbytery appoint a Committee to harmonize the districts 
of Presbytery so that those of the Men of the Church, the Women of 
the Church and the Young People of the Church would coincide. 

3. That Presbytery appoint a special Committee to study the pro- 
posed changes to the Book of Church Order and present them to the 
Winter Meeting. 

Rufus A. Grier 

Report of Committee on Homes — The report of the Com- 
mittee on Homes was read and received as information. 

Negro Work — Mrs. Charles W. Tillett addressed the Pres- 
bytery on the work with Negroes in the Double Oaks section. 
Presbytery expressed its thanks for her work by a rising vote. 

Recess — Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1 P.M. and was 
led in prayer by Rev. Stewart W. Yandle. Our Chaplains were 
remembered in the prayer. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and was led in prayer by 
the Rev. D. K. Snyder. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. Watt M. Cooper was 
elected Moderator Nominee for the next meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

Special Committee Appointed — A Special Committee was 
appointed to study the changes proposed for the Book of 
Church Order. The Committee is as follows : Rev. S. M. Inman, 
chairman, Rev. R. A. Young, Rev. H. D. Hayward, W. D. Van- 
derburgh, Arthur R. Craig and R. S. Abernathy, Jr. 

Report of Sub-Committee on World Missions — The Report 
of the Sub-Committee on World Missions was read and the 
following recommendations were adopted: 

1. That Presbytery call the attention of all our churches and ses- 
sions to the fact that there is no special season of world missions study 
and self-denial during this nine-months church year and that all 
churches be urged to keep the cause before their people. 



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2. That Presbytery endorse the plan to have the World Mission 
Season emphasis period February 1 to March 7, 1954. 

3. That the Week of Prayer and Self-Denial for World Missions 
be observed in every church in the Presbytery from February 28 to 
March 7, 1954, and that all Sessions be urged to arrange for supple- 
mental offerings in the churches. 

4. That all church organizations plan to use the material prepared 
with its theme "The Life and Task of the Church Around the World" 
for study. 

5. That clothing collections continue throughout the year the same 
to be dispatched overseas directly to our missionaries or through Church 
World Service. 

6. That the attention of the churches of Presbytery be drawn to 
the special Easter Offering for Overseas Relief and Inter-Church aid, 
April 18, 1954. 

7. That Presbytery with the assistance of Presbyterial seek to secure 
special speakers during the mission emphasis month where possible 
and that such speakers address groups of churches if such can be 
arranged. 

Sincerely, 

Crosby A. Dunn 
Harold D. Hayward 
Sub-Committee on World Missions 

Resolution Adopted — The following Resolution was read 
and adopted: 

That the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery be instructed to send the 
Committee on Co-operation and Union the suggested changes which 
have already been voted upon as the action of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery. 

That the Stated Clerk be instructed to receive every additional 
suggestion of change from every member of Presbytery and every 
member of each church in the Presbytery and forward these to the 
Committee on Co-operation and Union with the earnest hope of Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery that each suggestion of change be given prayerful 
and careful consideration by the Committee on Co-operation and Union. 

That this method of procedure be instead of any further discussion 
of or voting upon suggested changes in the Plan of Union at this 
meeting of Presbytery. All suggestions to be in not later than Oc- 
tober 27th. 

Report of Committee on Installations — The following re- 
port of the Committee on Installation was read and adopted: 

To install the Rev. Frank C. Wilkinson as pastor of the Star Presby- 
terian Church, November 1, 1953, at 7:30 P.M. Rev. George Fletcher to 
preside; Rev. Richard Laurens to preach the sermon; Rev. J. W. Stork 
to charge the pastor; Rev. R. G. Balnickey alternate; Elder J. E. 
Maness to charge the congregation and Elder R. H. Dennis, Alternate. 

To install the Rev. Robert Turner as associate pastor of Covenant 
Presbyterian Church, November 1, 1953, at 7:30 P.M. 



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Rev. Lawrence L Stell to preside; Rev. James A. Jones to preach; 
Dr. J. O. Mann to charge the pastor; Rev. Howard Chadwick to charge the 
congregation; Alternate, Rev. Sam Inman. Elders W. E. Price, Alternate 
Rufus A. Grier. Rev. Albert McClure of Concord Presbytery to be a 
part of the Commission. 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

Mecklenburg Presbytery in its fall meeting at Robinson Presby- 
terian Church wishes to express its gratitude to God for His continued 
blessing upon the work of this Church, under the able and consecrated 
leadership of its fine pastor, the Rev. W. B. Neill, manifested particularly 
during the erection of the new Church. 

Presbytery also wishes to express its appreciation to the ladies of 
the congregation for the delicious dinner. 

We request that the pastor convey to the congregation thanks for 
their hospitality and to assure them of its prayers. 

Edward B. Cooper, Chairman 

Report of Committee on General Assembly's Minutes — The 

Committee on the General Assembly's Minutes made the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted: 

The two directions to the Presbyteries concerning The Study of the 
Proposed Plan of Union and The Change in The Confession of Faith 
touching Marriage and Divorce are being followed in this Presbytery. 
No errors in the content of General Assembly's Minutes have been ob- 
served by the Committee or reported to it. 

Watt M. Cooper, Chairman 

Insurance Benefits — The Executive Secretary was in- 
structed to write to the Sessions and the Board of Deacons of 
each church informing them of the benefits of the insurance 
plan offered by our church to Ministers and their families. The 
Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief was instructed to ad- 
vise in the matter of Annuities and Insurance. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the Rev. J. S. 
Garner, to meet at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Char- 
lotte, N. C, at 9 A.M., January 19, 1954. 

J. Cecil Lawrence, Moderator 



R. H. Stone, Stated Clerk, Pro-tem 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 



203rd Stated Meeting 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 19, 1954 



204th Stated Session 

Williams Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

April 20, 1954 



Next Stated Session 

McQuay Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 20, 1954 



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MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume I Number 1 



203rd Stated Meeting 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 19, 1954 



204th Stated Session 

Williams Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

April 20, 1954 



Next Stated Session 
McQuay Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 
July 20, 1954 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembler's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 

Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Nominations 

(e) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 :00 A. M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Moderator of Winter Meeting 
Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Moderator of Spring Meeting 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1955) 
Rev. B. Frank Yandell, Permanent Clerk (1954) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1954 — Mr. George S. Crouch; Mr. H. W. Moore, Charlotte; 

Rev. W. L. Hall 
1955 — Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1954— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte 
1955 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 
1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. Roswell C. Long 

1955 — Rev. R. C. Long, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. James Williams 
1954— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. C. G. McClure, Mr. Walter Fraley 
1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1954 — Mr. Crosby Dunn 

1955— Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff 

1956 — Rev. H. L. Thomas, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1954 — Mr. A. A. Porter 

1955 — Rev. A. T. Taylor 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1954— Rev. M. G. Lyerly 

1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1954— Rev. S. H. Zealy 

1955— Mr. C. W. Wilson 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 
Sub Committee on Christian Relations 
1954— Mr. G. D. Aitken 
1955 — Rev. W. A. Gamble, Chairman 
1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward 
Sub Committee on Evangelism 
1954— Rev. W. R. Price, Rev. E. B. Cooper 
1955— Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman; Dr. Hamilton W. McKay 
1956— Rev. R. G. Balnicky 
Sub Committee on Radio 
1954— Rev. B. F. Moore 
1955— Rev. C. S. Miller, Chairman 
1956 — Mr. Paul B. Marion 
Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1954— Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson 
1955— Rev. Carl S. Miller, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 
1956 — Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 
Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1954— Rev. R. C. Long, Chairman; Dr. T. D. Sparrow 

1955— Rev. R. M. Kerr, J. W. Thomson 

1956— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1954— Mr. John Otts 

1955— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Religious Education 

1954 — Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Chairman; Rev. M. B. Prince, 

Rev. J. R. Crook 
1955— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Rev. S. W. Hogue 
Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nisbet 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. J. W. Grier, Jr. 
Pres. of Youth Fellowship — John Kimbril 
1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Mr. B. A. Estridge 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1954_Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Mr. R. L. Price, Rev. W. L. Hall 

1955— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. G. Dana Waters 

1954— Rev. H. V. Carson, Rev. C. H. Rowan, Mr. Paul Frye 

1955— Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. H. S. Robinson, Mr. P. F. Howerton 

1956 — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. G. Dana Waters, Mr. H. C. Williams 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Homes: 

Chairman — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit 

1954— Rev. J. G. Kirkhoff, Rev. Milos Strupl, Mr. J. B. Watt 
1955— Rev. H. D. P. Pollard, Mr. D. G. Kimbrell, Rev. R. W. Raybum 
1956— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. K. N. Nesbit, Mr. J. David Flowers 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1954— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. F. C. Debele, Mr. Harrell Auten 

1955 — Rev. G. Dana Waters, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. T. M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 





ROLL OF MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


51. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 


2. 


C. H. Little 


52. H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


3. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


53. Carl S. Miller 


4. 


M. E. Peabody 


54. Ben F.Moore 


5. 


W. H. Johnston 


55. Watt M. Cooper 


6. 


J. C. McGehee 


56. H. V. Carson, D.D. 


7. 


B. Frank Yandell 


57. Harold D. Hayward, Th.D. 


8. 


W. C. Copeland 


58. G.Dana Waters 


9. 


J. C. Grier 


59. Olin M. Whitener 


10. 


T. R. Alexander 


60. W. J. Huneycutt 


11. 


A. T. Taylor 


61. Samuel H. Zealy 


12. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


62. W. B. McSwain 


13. 


H. C. Carmichael 


63. Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 


14. 


W. B. NeiU 


64. F. C. Wilkinson 


15. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


65. D. E. Wilkinson 


16. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


66. E. B. Cooper 


17. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


67. IraH. Rawles 


18. 


A. L. Roberts 


68. Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 


19. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


69. J. Gilbert Kirkhoff 


20. 


T. H. Mitchell 


70. M.G.Lyerly 


21. 


W. T. Smith 


71. R. W. Rayburn 


22. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


72. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


23. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


73. Hugh Pollard 


24. 


F. R. McAlister 


74. W. M. Boyce, D.D. 


25. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


75. Russell M. Kerr 


26. 


E. L. Flanagan 


76. C. H. McLean 


27. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


77. J. B. Reaves 


OQ 


Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 


78. Geo. A. Fletcher 


29! 


Chas G. McClure, D.D. 


79. R.G.Laurens 


30. 


Sam M. Inman 


80. Robert G. Balnicky 


31. 


J. 0. Mann, D.D. 


81. Stewart W. Yandle 


B2. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


82. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


33. 


Jonas Barclay 


83. Kirk N. Nesbit 


34. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


84. B.F.Ferguson 


35. 


F. S. Johnston 


85. James R. Crook 


36. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


86. Milos Strupl 


37. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


87. Sheldon A. Kosey 


38. 


Wm. A. Gamble 


88. Crawford White 


39. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


89. J. S. Garner 


40. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


90. H. S. Schum 


41. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


9L S. WylieHogue 


42. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


92. W.G. Workman, Ph.D. 


43. 


T. W. MacLean 


93. C. McD. Coffey 


44. 


Homer A. Spencer 


94. I. Howard Chadwick 


45. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


95. W. S. Boyce 


46. 


Henry S. Robinson 


96. Robert Turner 


47. 
48. 


S. M. Hutchison 
C. H. Rowan 


97. Andrew A. Allen 


49. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


98. Dwight L. Barker 


50. 


D. S. Chalabie 


99. Richard V. Colen 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches 

Albemarle First- 



Clerk of Session 

H. P. Morrow 

S. 5th St. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 



Altan J. A. Lowery 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin 

504 E. Boundry 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale J. E. Kimbirl 

2820 Sunset Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marbry 

Badin, N. C. 

Banks Sam Kell, Jr. 

Box 206, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Benton Heights Jack Morrison 

601 Griffin St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole 

Biscoe, N. C. 

Brainerd Marvin McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C 

Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason 

811 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden D. E. Phillips 

Rt.3 

Wadesboro, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 
Albemarle, N. C. 

C. O. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Odus Doster 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Sarah Reid 
Rt. 4, Box 332 
Charlotte, N. C. 

James P. Sample 
Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. H. Sitton 

1321 Ordermore Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. E. Beck 
Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 
Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Neal Tucker 
1108 Cherry St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 

Cornelius, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

R. L. Long 

Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

J. Edgar Maness 
Biscoe, N. C. 

D. A. McGill 

.East Rockingham, N. C. 

R. H. Crockford 
2117 McClintock Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Miss Ethel Hildreth 
Rt.3 
Wadesboro, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian M. C. McKenzie 

Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek _-.-.R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First T. P. Graham 

815 Lamar Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton 

Rt. 3 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Commonwealth E. H. Austin 

1240 Greenwood Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Community Pink Sutton 

Mill St. 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Cooks Memorial-j. Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 746 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius R. A. Atwell 

Cornelius, N. C. 

Covenant J. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Eastminster E. C. Williamson 

1632 Westbury Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

East Monroe Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

EUerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Hamlet First S. O. Bauersf eld 

410 Entwistle St. 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 

Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Hollis Gillis 
Rt. 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 

James Major 
1741 Evergreen Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
K. A. McLeod 

Candor, N. C. 

T. M. Blackwelder 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

W. N. Ward 
202 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Glen Connell 
Peterson Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

S. M. Fleetwood, Jr. 
5000 Elder Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Carl Henry 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Tom Smith, Jr. 
Rt. 6, Box 789D 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 
Cornelius, N. C. 

W. A. Montgomery 
1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 
2800 Shenandoah Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

W. J. Metelli 
1005 Calhoun St. 
Monroe, N. C. 
R. W. Carriker 
Ellerbe, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 
Pinecroft Industries 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 
Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Huntersville -E. F. Kumm J. Mike Dwyer 

Box 115 Huntersville, N. C. 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. Rt. 1, Stanfield, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 1 Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 
Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell Worth Little 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness Daniel J. McCaskill 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1., Candor, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham John M. Foster 

Rt. 7, Box 612 Rt. 10 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. 0. McRae H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. C. Efird Mrs. C. A. Bolt 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay W. D. McKay 

Cognac, N. C. Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. 0. Alexander W. R. Freeman 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long Leroy Lakey 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. Rt. 9 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean .W. M. Lovin J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. C. Reid, Jr. Jack M. Threatt 

1222 S. Bigham St. 3218 Tuckaseegee Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison Virgil Henderson 

Wadesboro Rd. 429 Wadesboro Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. Herbert Lee Hargett 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 110 Stonewall Jackson Homes 

Morven W. E. Steagall R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



New Salem 

Newell 

Norman 

North Charlotte- 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin G. T. Brown 

C.M.R. 544 
Charlotte, N. C. 

0. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

— -S. B. Wilson 
Newell, N. C. 

C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

Joe W. Hardison 

1632 Academy St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 
Oakboro E. O. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 
Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 
Park Avenue Virgil Bratton 

Box 31 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
Philadelphia E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah ^j. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
C.M.R. 544 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Miss Va. Barnhardt 
Norwood, N. C. 
Miss Viola Ross 
Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 
H. H. Houston, Jr. 
Pageland, S. C 
William Wicker 
Rt.2 
Hamlet, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
James H. Black 
Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
N. C. Grier 
Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C- 

C. D. Bradford 
Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Rourk J. C. Watson 

Route 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
St. Paul E. D. Jackson 

2621 Shenandoah Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Salem George Watts 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 
Sardis L. H. Pharr 

P. 0. Box 4033 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Seigle Avenue Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Selwyn Avenue I. G. Wallace, Jr. 

205 Wales Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt.3. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 
Smallwood David Cameron 

401 Seldon Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
South Park- G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Steele Creek L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 
Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charles Jamerson 

Cordova, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 
Cordova, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 

2504 Laburnum Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Lawrence Phillips 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 

Rt. 2, Sardis Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. B. Schulken 

832 Seigle Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. E. Elrod 

2921 Westfield Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

E. C. Sullivan, Jr. 

2230 Dickens St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Frank F. White 

316 Melbourn Ct. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

R. F. Bigham 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Barna Allen 

Box 83 

Star, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson ^W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek J. P. Robinson 

1324 Biltmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C, 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity Harold K. Couch 

Rt.2 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 

Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 

Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue H. Morrison Irwin, Jr. 

1654 Sterling Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills C. W. Hickman 

2961 Beechnut Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte. N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

F. S. Neal, Jr. 
801 Bromley Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

B. L. McQuay 
2235 Winthrop Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

F. W. Haas 

3055 Marlowe Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Brown 

1617 Westbury Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

William B. Drumheller 
1511 Westbrook Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. P. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

The Two Hundred Third 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Covenant Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
January 19, 1954 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Third Stated Session in the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, the Moderator, preached the 
sermon and led the opening prayer. 

History of the Covenant Presbyterian Church — ^The fol- 
lowing sketch of the History of the Covenant Presbyterian 
Church was read by Ruling Elder R. D. Hutchison and was 
adopted : 

Eighty years ago upon petition signed by sixteen members of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Mecklenburg Presbytery 
granted the petitioners permission to organize Second Church. There 
were thirty-four charter members. The first services of the new church 
were held in the County Courthouse, which then stood where the Selwyn 
Hotel now stands; and the first sermon preached to the congregation was 
by Dr. Robert H. Chapman, whose text was "Fear Not, Little Flock, for 
it is your Father's Good Pleasure to give you the Kingdom." A lot was 
purchased on North Tryon Street one and a half blocks from the Square, 
and the church building was completed in 1875. A new church building 
was constructed in 1892 and was the home of the congregation until 
1951. 

By permission of your Presbytery, Westminster Presbyterian Church 
was organized November 28, 1897; it was the daughter of First and 
Second Churches. Its first church home was in Dilworth on South Boule- 
vard, the building now occupied by the Greek Orthodox Church. As the 
years passed, Westminster grew in numbers and in strength, and its 
people became convinced that they should have a new church home at 
a more desirable location. The lot at the intersection of Morehead Street 
and Dilworth Road, being a portion of the property now occupied by 
Covenant Presbyterian Church, was purchased, and on May 28, 1930, 
ground was broken for the new church. This was the home of West- 
minster until June, 1951, although it was the intention of the congrega- 
tion to greatly enlarge the edifice and funds were being accumulated for 
that purpose. 



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In the early 1940s, many members of Second Church were of the opin- 
ion that a more spacious and pleasing sanctuary, a larger and better 
equipped educational building, and other facilities, should be provided 
in order that the church might continue to go forward in its work and 
not stand still, or possibly slip backward. North Tryon Street was almost 
entirely given over to business and was overrun with traffic, and the 
church property was too small to permit any substantial enlargement 
of the church building. It was decided that rather than attempt to 
enlarge the old building, that a new edifice should be constructed to be 
located upon a new site. Where to build the new church was a tremen- 
dous problem. Careful and prayerful thought and investigation were 
given to a site for the new church building. It was found that the geo- 
graphical center of the congregation was on Morehead Street near Dil- 
worth Road. This was very near Westminster. Other possible locations 
were undesirable or too near to one or more of our sister churches. 
Finally, someone had an inspiration and suggested that Westminster 
and Second might be joined together as one great church. After much 
prayer and consecrated hard work by the officers and congregation of 
the two churches, this was accomplished. 

It is unnecessary to tell of the sale of the Tryon Street property, 
the acquiring of additional land, the employing of architects, engineers 
and contractors, the raising of money, and of the many other things 
that were necessary to be done. However, a statement by one of the 
architects concerning these, our buildings, is succinct and enlightening: 

"Covenant Presbyterian Church buildings, erected 1950-53, in the tri- 
angle between Morehead Street and Dilworth Road comprise one of the 
largest church plants in the State and one of the most noteworthy 
groups of church edifices in the country. The buildings, laid out around 
a center court, are dominated by the 170 foot stone tower of the sanc- 
tuary. The architectural design is similar to the Gothic style of the 
English churches and the Sanctuary is not a great deal unlike St. An- 
drews at Heckington in Lincolnshire which was built 600 years ago. The 
entire group is built of native gray and tan granite from the Salisbury 
quarries and the intricate Gothic details of the exterior are all carved in 
limestone. The massive exterior doors of solid mahogany are adorned 
with the finest examples of the wrought iron craftsman's art. The inte- 
rior atmosphere is that of the oldest cathedrals for here the artistry of 
the stained glass windows is equal to any found in this country. The 
long marble aisle through the nave leads to the chancel and its focal 
point, the apse. Here in the chancel the lacework of Gothic detail is all 
carved in mahogany. The pews of the nave, seating 1,200 persons, are 
also mahogany. 

It might be of special interest to the members of the Presbytery of 
Mecklenburg to note the stained glass windows in the church and chapel. 
A great deal of care was put on the subject matter of the windows. In 
order that the members of Presbytery might the better understand the 
windows, we submit the scheme which was followed: 

The east windows of the Chapel depict the miracles of our Lord under 
three headings — Jesus as the Lord of Nature, the Lord of Life and the 
Lord of Death. The windows on the west side, including the gallery 
window, are the parable windows. The gallery window shows the para- 
ble of the Last Judgment; and reading from back to front the other 
windows show first the Similitudes of the Kingdom; secondly, the Citizen 
of the Kingdom; thirdly, the Kingdom of Heaven as Judgment; and 



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fourthly, the Kingdom of Heaven as Redemption. The three windows 
in the apse of the Chapel are the Trinity windows — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost. 

The windows in the Church are divided into several sections, the main 
gallery window is the Apocalyse window or Christ the King. On either 
side are two small windows giving parts of the ancient hymn of praise, 
the Benedicite. The east nave windows of the Church are the Old Te_ La- 
ment windows, and reading from the rear to the front are the Creation 
window, the Patriarche window, the Nation window and the Prophets 
window. The west nave windows tell part of the life of Christ, beginning 
with the Nativity window proceeding through the Preparation window, 
the Disciples window and the Teaching window. 

The east transept is devoted to the history of the church. The three 
lancets of the great window show the early church, the Reformation and 
Presbyterianism in America. In this transept also is the Psalm window. 

The west transept window depicts the service of the church under 
the three headings of Education, Foreign Missions and Home Missions. 
The material used here all has some relation to the life of this particular 
church. Also in this transept is the Prayer window. 

The three apse windows tell the crowning story of the Christian mes- 
sage — the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection oi our Lord, 
with the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrected Lord pic- 
tured in the rose windows of each of these three. Beneath each rose 
are four scenes relating first to the Passion, then to the Crucifixion and 
lastly to the Risen Lord. 

A devoted member of the Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 
looking upon this beautiful sanctuary and all of the buildings and prop- 
erty which now constitute the physical part of this church, remarked 
"Who told us that we could do this?"; and all of us knew who had told 
us for it was He who said: "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's 
good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, J. W. Stork, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. John- 
ston, B. F. Yandell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. 
Neill, C. D. Whiteley, D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. Jones, R. H. 
Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, J. 0. Mann, F. C. 
Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thompson, 
W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whitley, C. E. S. Kraemer, Warner L. Hall, T. W. 
MacLean, J. A. Carriker, H. S. Robinson, S. N. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, 
R. C. Long, J. C. Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, 
Watt M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana Waters, 0. M. Whitener, W. J. 
Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, Roy E. Hoke, F. C. Wilkinson, 
D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, 
H. L. Thomas, H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, 
G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balmcky, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Way- 
land, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, James R. Crook, Milos Strupl, 
Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, S. W. Hogue, W. G. Workman, C. Don 
Coffey, I. Howard Chadwick, Robert Turner, W. S. Boyce, Dwight L. 
Barker, Andrew A. Allen — 75. 

Ruling Elders — R. B. Lowder, Albemarle First; Walter Crook, Altan; 
J. C. Kuck, Amity; G. D. Aitken, Avondale; F. L. Marbry, Badin; S. H. 



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Kell, Banks; Curtis Moore, Benton Heights; Boyce Knox, Bethel; J. H. 
Howie, Beulah; D. A. Monroe, Biscoe; Charles R. Crumley, Caldwell 
Memorial; D. E. Phillips, Camden; Hewitt Haney, Cameronian; J. 0. 
Hawfield, Camp Green; S. C. Capps, Central Steele Creek; McAlister 
Carson, Charlotte First; Frank Gilchrist, Clanton Memorial; E. H. Aus- 
tin, Commonwealth; E. K. Summey, Cook's Memorial; J. H. Barnhardt, 
Covenant; W. S. McRae, EUerbe; Vance Sykes, Hamlet; Joe R. Puckett, 
Hopewell; E. J. Stinson, Indian Hill; Dallas Caudle, Locust; J. A. Kirk, 
Mallard Creek; A. P. Williams, Mark's Creek; Fred L. Plyler, Marsh- 
ville; A. McKay, Marston; J. W. Russell, Matthews; A. M. Cathey, Mc- 
Gee; J. F. McCaskill, McLean Memorial; W. E. Steagall, Marven; Har- 
old McFayden, Mt. Carmel; C. C. McKinnon, Mt. Gilead; H. L. Berry- 
hill, Mulberry; Everett Bierman, Myers Park; G. T. Brown, Nevin; Wil- 
bur X. Yerton, Newell; Verbie Greene, Norman; James H. Ferguson, 
North Charlotte; W. D. Vanderbourgh, Pageland; Paul H. Many, Park 
Avenue; A. S. Cathey, Paw Creek; J. H. Ussery, Pee Dee; J. W. Flowe, 
Philadelphia; Sam C. Elliott, Plaza; J. A. Blakeney, Providence; E. S. 
Barnhardt, Ramah; William N. Lambert, Ridgecrest; Auman H. Currie, 
Rourk; J. C. Goodman, St. Andrews; J. L. Nance, St. Paul; H. T. Patter- 
son, Sardis; A. B. Ferguson, Seigle Avenue; Grier Wallace, Jr., Selwyn 
Avenue; H. Q. Kirkpatrick, Sharon; I. W. Kiels, Siler; W. C. Harris, Six 
Mile Creek; David Cameron, Smallwood; T. H. Chadwick, Jr., South 
Park; G. K. Aderholt, Star; W. P. Davenport, Steele Creek; Wade R. 
Todd, Sugaw Creek; E. L. Garrett, Sunset Hills; A. R. Pegram, Tenth 
Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; C. W. Gilchrist, Trinity; A. F. Rus- 
sell, Troy; G. W. McManus, Turner; R. V. Liles, Wadesboro; C. L. Mc- 
Cain, Walkersville; H. D. McLaughlin, Waxhaw; E. G. Watt, West 
Avenue; Frank W. Orr, Westminster; J. E. Verbie, Westover Hills; J. I. 
Hutchison, Williams Memorial; J. R. Jamison, Wilmore — 78. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presby- 
tery and invited to sit as visiting brethren, Rev. Andrew A. 
Allen, Rev. Dwight L. Barker, Rev. J. T. Echols. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Moderator 
Nominee was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
Report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted. 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the printed 
docket be adopted with the following modifications: 

1. That the Rev. Milton B. Faust be heard for five minutes imme- 
diately after the reading of the Communications. 

2. That at 12:30 Presbytery resolve itself into a committee of the 
whole for the purpose of examining the Sessional records. 

3. That Presbytery recess at 1 P.M. and reconvene at 2 P.M. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 17 



4. That the third order after lunch be devoted to the Proposed 
Changes to the Book of Church Order, the Confession of Faith and the 



Book of Worship. 

5. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

Warner L. Hall, Chairman 
Warner L. Hall 
J. C. Lawrence 
F. C. Debele, Jr. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Retiring Moderator. 

2. Memorials. 

3. History of the Covenant Church — Rev. W. L. Hall. 

4. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduc- 

tion of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Moderator-Nominee. 

6. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. W. L. Hall. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. (Two Ministers and Two 

Elders.) 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

6. Sessional Records. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

3. Committee on Education — Rev. L. I. Stell. 

4. Committee on Assembly's Work — Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff. 

13. Report of Standing Committees. (See 7 above.) 

14. Report of Treasurers and Trustees. 

15. Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly. 

16. Election of Commissioners to the General Assembly. (Second order 

after lunch.) 

17. Unfinished Business. (Manual Changes.) 

18. New Business. (Amendments to the Book of Church Order.) 

19. Place of Next Meeting. 

20. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

21. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

22. Adjournment. 



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Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 
appointed the following- Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Chairman; Rev. H. D. 
Robinson, Samuel Elliott and C. W. Gilchrist. 

2. Installations: Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman; Rev. J. S. Garner, 
G. D. Aitken, John A. Tate. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. R. C. Long, Chairman; Rev. Robert Tur- 
ner, J. I. Hutchison and Frank W. Orr. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. I. How^ard Chadwick, Chairman; C. Don Coffey, 
Grier Wallace and H. P. Cathey. 

5. Presbytery's Records: Rev. Ben F. Moore, Chairman; Rev. R. A. 
Young, E. G. Watt and Wade R. Todd. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated: 

1. That the follov^ing Churches be granted permission to change 
the terms of the Call to their pastors to allow raises in salary: First 
Presbyterian Church, Rockingham; West Avenue Church, Charlotte; 
Matthews; North Charlotte; Nevin; Hopewell; Sugaw Creek; Sardis; 
Benton Heights; First Presbyterian Church, Monroe; Philadelphia; 
Sharon. The requests were granted. 

2. That the following Ministers be excused from attendance on this 
meeting of the Presbytery: Rev. Ira H. Rawles, Rev. F. R. McAlister, 
Rev. Henry S. Schum and the Rev. R. F. Boyd. The requests were 
granted. 

3. From the office of the General Assembly quoting a directive of 
the General Assembly that all Presbyteries and their churches include 
only their gifts to our Board of World Missions in their statistical 
report in the column "World Missions," and further, that our Assembly 
discourage the practice of individual churches supporting independent 
missions when the needs of our own Board are so many and so great. 
This was received as information. 

4. From the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Synod directing 
attention to the Church Extension Memorial Fund and the office's effort 
to collect historical data and documents. This was received as informa- 
tion. 

5. From the Board of Church Extension, Department of Chaplains 
and Military Personnel, information concerning our two Chaplains, 
James B. Reaves and William M. Boyce. This was received as informa- 
tion and Presbytery was led in prayer in behalf of our Chaplains and 
their work. 

Synod's Director of Evangelism — The Rev. Milton B. 
Faust, Synod's Director of Evangelism was introduced to the 
Presbytery and spoke to the Presbytery concerning the Evan- 
gelism Conference to be held in Raleigh. 

Reports of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by the Presbytery made their reports which were 
admitted to record: 



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1. Commission to install Rev. Robert Turner: 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Reverend Rob- 
ert Turner as Associate Pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, North Carolina, met at the Covenant Church at 7 P.M., Sun- 
day, November 1. Present were all members of the Commission, min- 
isters: James A. Jones, Lawrence I. Stell, J. O. Mann, and I. Howard 
Chadwick. Ruling Elders were: R. A. Grier and W. E. Price. Minister 
invited to sit with the Commission was Albert McClure of Concord 
Presbytery. 

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer. On motion 
of J. A. Jones, Lawrence L Stell was elected ChaiiTnan of the Com- 
mission and J. O. Mann, Secretary. 

The Commission moved into the sanctuary for the installation serv- 
ice. Dr. James A. Jones preached the sermon on "The Kind of Church 
That Gets Ahead" — (Matt. 16:18). Dr. Stell propounded the constitu- 
tional questions to the pastor and congregation. After the charge was 
delivered to the pastor and the congregation by J. O. Mann and Howard 
Chadwick, the prayer of consecration was led by A. B. McClure. Dr. 
Stell declared Rev. Robert Turner installed as Associate Pastor of the 
Covenant Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission went into session again after the service. The min- 
utes were read and approved and the meeting was closed with prayer. 

J. O. Mann, Secretary 

2. Commission to install Rev. Frank C. Wilkinson: 

The Commission to install Rev. Frank C. Wilkinson at Star, met at 
the Church at 7:15 P.M. and was opened with prayer. 

Present — Rev. George Fletcher, Rev. R. G. Laurens, Rev. J. W. Stork 
and Elder Edgar Maness. Rev. J. W. Stork was elected secretary. 

The Commission engaged in worship with the congregation. Rev. 
George Fletcher presided and propounded the constitutional questions. 

Rev. R. G. Laurens preached the sermon. Elder Edgar Maness offered 
the prayer. Rev. J. W. Stork charged the pastor and congregation. Rev. 
Frank C. Wilkinson was duly installed and pronounced the benediction. 
The Commission reassembled, adopted the minutes and adjourned with 
prayer. 

J. W. Stork, Secretary 

Commission on Minister and His Work — The following re- 
port of the Commission on the Minister and His Work was 
read and admitted to record: 

Your commission wishes to record the following actions taken since 
the last meeting of Presbytery: 

1. Dissolved the relation existing between Rev. W. I. Howell and 
the Hamlet Church, and authorized a letter of transfer for Mr. Howell 
to Atlanta Presbytery. 

2. Dissolved the relation existing between Rev. A. H. Key and the 
Bethlehem Church and authorized a letter of transfer for Mr. Key to 
King's Mountain Presbytery. 



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3. Dissolved the relation existing between Rev. Dan Carleton and 
the Brainerd and Community Churches and authorized a letter of 
transfer for Mr. Carleton to Concord Presbytery. 

4. Dissolved the relation existing between Dr. C. E. S. Kramer and 
the Charlotte First Church, and granted permission to Dr. Kramer to 
labor beyond the bounds of Presbytery. 

5. Dissolved the relation existing between Rev. J. P. Holder and the 
Morven and Camden churches and authorized a letter of transfer for 
Mr. Holder to East Alabama Presbytery. 

6. Authorized the granting of a letter of transfer for Rev. R. M. 
Cochran to St. John's Presbytery. 

7. Authorized the granting of a letter of transfer for Candidate F. 
Flay Riddle to South Carolina Presbytery. 

8. Approved calls for the following : Rev. J. D. Stimson for the Wax- 
haw Church, Rev. Dwight Barker for Cameronian and Park Avenue, 
Rev. R. V. Colen for Amity Church. We are ready to place these calls in 
the hands of the men named. 

Respectfully submitted for the Commission. 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Report of Committee on Christian Education — The follow- 
ing report of the Committee on Christian Education was read 
and adopted 

Your Committee on Ministerial Education wishes to report that 
Mecklenburg Presbytery now has 41 candidates under her care pre- 
paring for the Gospel Ministry. The reports from the Colleges and 
Seminaries in which these men are studying have been satisfactory, 
and their diligence is to be commended. There are at present seven 
men who are not in touch with your committee and contact has not 
been established with them. Letters are being written to them to dis- 
cover the status of their preparation and their plans. 

Recognizing the responsibility laid upon the Committee of Minis- 
terial Education for "planning with care a meaningful and inspirational 
worship service for the receiving of candidates into the Presbytery," 
we submit the following order of worship which was approved by 
the General Assembly: (See attached Order of Worship) and which 
we recommend using. Such a service should lift a man's whole ministry 
to a high level of spiritual consecration and should be for all the mem- 
bers of the Presbytery a heart-searching rededication. 

Mr. Robert Lee Combs, a candidate for the ministry and a regular 
student at Union Theological Seminary has asked for the consent of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to continue his studies as a "special student" 
under the extraordinary case clause. He states he has found it neces- 
sary to discontinue his Greek studies for the time being and expresses 
his desire to attempt the course of languages (Greek and Hebrew) 
offered by the Seminary at a time after his ordination. The committee 
approves Mr. Combs' request and recommends that he be identified as 
a "special student" and enrolled under the extraordinary case clause. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 21 

AN ORDER OF WORSHIP 

for the 

RECEIVING OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MINISTRY 

(The receiving of Candidates for the Ministry shall take place in the 
presence of the Presbytery, duly constituted.) 

The Moderator (or other presiding Minister) shall say: 

"Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth." 

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth 
good tidings, that publisheth peace!" 

"Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already 
to harvest. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray 
ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers 
into His harvest." 

In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Head of the Church, 
we are now to receive under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery (names 
of candidates), who have been approved by their church Sessions and 
by the Presbytery as candidates for the Gospel ministry of the Presby- 
terian Church in the United States. 

The Holy Scriptures require that trial be previously had of them who 
are to be ordained to the Ministry of the Gospel, that this sacred office 
may not be committed to unworthy men; and that the churches may 
have an opportunity to form a true judgment respecting those who are 
to minister to them in holy things. For this purpose Presbyteries are 
authorized to enroll as candidates for licensure and ordination such 
persons as in their judgment give promise of usefulness in this sacred 
office, after the training and trial of their talents prescribed in the 
Book of Church Order. 

(The Candidate shall stand before the Moderator, who shall say:) 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg, having approved your testimonials 
and sustained your examination, now requires you to make answer to 
the following questions: 

Do you, as far as you know your own heart, believe yourself to be 
called to the office of the Christian Ministry? 

(The candidate shall answer: I do) 

Do you promise in reliance upon the grace of God to maintain a be- 
coming Christian character, and to be diligent and faithful in making 
full preparation for the sacred ministry? 

(The candidate shall answer: I do) 

Do you promise to submit yourself to the proper supervision of the 
Presbytery in matters that concern your preparation for the ministry? 

(The candidate shall answer: I do) 

Do you desire now to be received by this Presbytery as a candidate 
for the Gospel Ministry in the Presbyterian Church in the United 
States ? 

(The candidate shall answer: I do) 

(The Moderator — or someone appointed by him — shall give the can- 
didate (s) a brief charge. 

The Candidate shall then kneel, and the Moderator — or someone 
appointed by him — shall lead in a prayer of dedication.) 



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(Suggested prayer:) 

Almighty and eternal God, graciously accept this (these) Thy Serv- 
ant (s) as in faith and humility he (they) dedicates himself (themselves) 
to the service of Thy Kingdom. Bestow upon him (them) the grace of 
Thy Holy Spirit, that he (they) may be instructed in the deep things 
of Thy truth, enabled by purity of life to adorn the doctrine of God 
our Saviour, and guided into ever fuller knowledge of Jesus Christ, Thy 
Son, whom to know is life, whom to serve is freedom, whom to love is 
joy. Spare him (them), we pray Thee, that in due season, enriched 
in grace, learning and experience, he (they) may be ordained to the 
office of the Holy Ministry. Teach him (them) to have a steadfast care 
of his (their) own soul(s); conserve in him (them) the gifts of Thy 
love; that, holding fast his (their) profession without wavering, he 
(they) may finish his (their) course with joy, and finally, of Thy mercy, 
receive a full reward in Thine eternal and glorious kingdom; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

(Then the candidate, together with the Presbytery, shall stand, and 
the Moderator shall say:) 

In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Head of the Church, 
I do now by the authority of this Presbytery declare that you are 
acknowledged and received as a candidate (s) for licensure and ordina- 
tion in the Presbyterian Church in the United States, and I do now 
direct that your name be recorded on the roll of this Presbytery as a 
candidate for the Ministry. 

(The Moderator shall then extend to the Candidate (s) the right 
hand of Christian fellowship, and afterward shall say:) 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine 
upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance 
upon you, and give you peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

We wish to present to the Presbytery the following young men who 
wish to be received under care of Mecklenburg Presbytery as Candidates 
for the Gospel Ministry: 

1. Mr. William Ward Davis, Jr. (Born June 19, 1934 at Waxhaw, 
N. C.) a member of the Sharon Presbyterian Church of Charlotte — a 
student at Charlotte College. 

2. Mr. Grover Curtis Moore (Born September 4, 1914 at Antioch, 
N. C.) a member of the Benton Heights Presbyterian Church of Mon- 
roe, N. C. Mr. Moore is married, has three children. He finished high 
school at Indian Trail, N. C, and plans to attend Columbia Theological 
Seminary. Mr. Moore is an Elder and the Superintendent of the Sunday 
School of his church. 

The committee recommends that he be received as a candidate for 
the ministry under the extraordinary case clause. 

3. Mr. Armand Joseph Moreau (Al) Born July 31, 1934 at Portland, 
Maine) a member of the Myers' Park Presbyterian Church of Charlotte 
— a first year student at Davidson College. 

4. Mr. Eugene Ramsauer Rucker (Born June 15, 1930, at Alanta, 
Georgia) a member of the Plaza Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. He 
completed one year of study at Queens College prior to his service in 



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the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he entered Mitchel 
College at Statesville, N. C, and was on January 13th notified that he 
had been accepted at Davidson. Mr. Rucker is married. 

These young men have all made application according to the proce- 
dure of Presbytery — their applications have all been found in order and 
are most commendatory — the sessions of their individual churches rec- 
ommend them in the highest terms — they have counseled with your 
committee and we recommend them to Presbytery to be received as 
candidates for the Gospel Ministry. 

G. Dan Waters, Chairman. 
For the Committee. 

Candidate Received — The Committee on Christian Educa- 
tion presented the following men who were seeking to be re- 
ceived under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery as Candi- 
dates for the Gospel Ministry. William Ward Davis, Jr., Grover 
Curtis Moore, Armand Joseph Moreau and Eugene Ramsauer 
Rucker. Being satisfied with the recommendations of the Com- 
mittee, the Presbytery proceeded to examine the Candidates 
in accordance with the provisions of the Book of Church Or- 
der. The examination was approved as satisfactory. They 
were received as Candidates for the Gospel Ministry under the 
care of the Presbytery. Rev. Edward B. Cooper charged the 
candidates and Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence led the prayer of 
dedication. 

Ministers Received — The following Ministers seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented certificates 
of Transfer. Rev. Andrew A. Allen from Georgia-Carolina 
Presbytery and Rev. Dwight L. Barker from First Presbytery 
of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which were 
found in order. The Presbytery proceeded to examine the 
Ministers in accordance with the provisions of the Book of 
Church Order. The examination was approved as satisfactory 
and they were enrolled upon the signing of the Covenant. 

A Call for the services of Rev. Andrew A. Allen from the 
Amay James Church was placed in his hands and accepted 
by him. A Commission was appointed for his installation. 
(See Report of Committee on Installations.) 

Calls from the Cameronian and Park Avenue Churches for 
the services of Rev. Dwight L. Barker were placed in his 
hands and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed for 
his installation. (See report of Committee on Installations.) 



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Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council 
made the following recommendations which were adopted. 

We recommend that the following budget of the Executive Secre- 
tary's Office for the year 1954 be adopted: 

Executive Secretary's Salary $4,400.00 

Manse Allowance 1,200.00 

Car Allowance 1,000.00 

Minister's Annuity Fund 330.00 

Office Secretary's Salary 2,600.00 

Social Security 52.00 

Office Expense 1,200.00 

Office Equipment 300.00 

Total $11,082.00 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF 
PRESBYTERY'S EXPENSE FUND 

Balance on hand— April 1, 1953 $1,094.39 

Received from the Churches 20,458.13 

Total Receipts $21,552.52 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

R. H. Stone, Treasurer Presbytery's Office. $8,000.00 

B. A. Estridge, Treasurer Camp Stewart 3,600.00 

General Assembly's Assessment 3,452.28 

Synod's Assessment 1,283.58 

Stated Clerk's Salary 450.00 

Stated Clerk's Office Help 450.00 

Permanent Clerk's Salary 30.00 

Assistant Clerk's Salary 30.00 

Minister's Annuity Fund 33.75 

Presbytery Expenses 300.00 

Commission Expense 25.50 

Auditor's Fee 5.00 

Office Supplies and Postage 89.75 

Von-Beckman-Jones Co., Statistical Reports . 34.50 

Lassiter Press — Printing 512.00 

Total Disbursements $18,296.36 $18,296.36 



BALANCE ON HAND— January 1, 1954 $3,256.16 

The Report was adopted. 



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REPORT OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S 
SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR 1953 

RECEIPTS: 

T. L. Harrison $1,000.00 $1,000.00 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

University of North Carolina $398.43 

Scientific Supply Room 25.00 

The Book Exchange 55.28 

Total Disbursements $478.71 $478.71 

Balance on hand $521.29 

Respectfully submitted, 
The Report was adopted. ^' ^' ^tone, Treasurer 

REPORT OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S CHURCH AND 
MANSE BUILDING FUND FOR THE SHORT YEAR 1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance $2,867.16 

Thomasboro Church Refund 200.00 

Balance on Star Call 159.00 

Cameronian Manse Call 1,250.83 

Woodlawn Call 1,390.55 

Total Receipts $5,867.54 $5,867.54 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Star Presbyterian Church $159.00 

Cameronian Presbyterian Manse 1,250.83 

The W. H. Belk Presbyterian Chapel 1,635.33 

Total Disbursements $3,045.16 $3,045.16 

Balance *$2,822.38 

*In this balance there is $1,431.83 for the Shuman Avenue Call. 

Respectfully submitted, 
The Report was adopted. ^- ^' ^tone, Treasurer 

REPORT OF THE PRESBYTERY'S OFFICE 
FOR THE SHORT YEAR 1953 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance $61.21 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 8,000.00 

Presbytery's Committee on Religious Education 2,190.00 

For The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 171.25 

Sale of Materials 29.24 

Refunds 71.91 

Myers Park Church (Special) 100.00 

Covenant Women of the Church 75.00 

Total Receipts $10,698.61 $10,698.61 



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DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salary, car and manse allowance of Execu- 
tive Secretary $4,950.00 

M.A.F. Dues 225.00 

Salary of Office Secretary less withholdings . 1,523.60 

Director of Internal Revenue 364.35 

Salaries for Camp Stewart less withholdings . 2,174.50 

Office Expenses 624.10 

For Mecklenburg Presbyterian 172.38 

Audit 50.00 

Equipment 130.35 

Total Disbursements $10,264.28 $10,264.28 

Balance on hand $434.33 

Respectfully submitted, 
The Report was adopted. ^' ^- ^tone. Treasurer 

REPORT ON THE ANSON PRESBYTERIAN FUND 
FOR THE SHORT YEAR 1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance $1,405.00 $1,405.00 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Star Presbyterian Church $702.50 

Belk Larger Parish Manse 702.50 

Total Disbursements $1,405.00 $1,405.00 

Balance None 

Respectfully submitted. 
The Report was adopted. ^' ^' ^tone. Treasurer 

REPORT OF R. H. STONE, CENTRAL TREASURER OF 

BENEVOLENCES FOR THE YEAR (NINE MONTHS) 1953 

There has been received from churches and their organizations and 

individuals the sum of $244,950.19 during the short year 1953 and it has 
been disbursed as follows: 

Board of World Missions $50,917.85 

Board of Church Extension 32,602.88 

Board of Christian Education 10,585.69 

Board of Annuities and Relief 12,993.51 

General Fund 14,327.15 

Inter-Church Agencies 410,46 

Overseas Relief 1,115.58 

American Bible Society 240.98 

Mountain Retreat Association 51.50 

Assembly's Training School 10.00 

Defense Service 66.15 

Historical Foundation 1.00 

Mrs. T. M. McCord, Treasurer 17.49 

C.R.O.P 78.20 

Synod's Church Extension 11,840.10 

Synod's Education Institutions 27,788.95 



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Synod's Religious Education 3,271.88 

Presbyterian Orphans Home 10,867.35 

Presbyterian Home 2,977.12 

Campus Christian Life 2,152.76 

William Black Home 1,489.70 

U.T.S. Mid-Century Campaign 1,290.00 

Presbyterian Junior College 38.00 

N. C. Council and Allied Church League 430.10 

Presbytery's Church Extension 43,175.27 

The W. H. Belk Fund 6,500.00 

Presbytery's Religious Education 2,510.01 

Alexander Home 1,017.39 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 540.06 

Bible in Public Schools 365.00 

Presbytery's Office (Designated) 75.00 

Good Samaritan Hospital 18.29 

Columbia Bible College 50.00 

Oklahoma Presbyterian College 2.00 

Assembly's Negro Nursery Fund 7.45 

Ometepec 12.58 

Negro Work Campaign 5,112.74 

Total Disbursements $244,950.19 

Respectfully submitted, 
The Report was adopted. R- H. Stone, Treasurer 

STATEMENT OF THE W. H. BELK FUND 
FOR THE SHORT YEAR 1953 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance $17,418.54 

Payment on notes plus interest 4,456.40 

Orange Grove note 5,000.00 

Interest on Orange Grove note 1,500.00 

Interest — Home Federal 150.00 

Mrs. Sarah Belk Gambrell 300.00 

Mrs. W. H. Belk 1,400.00 

Total Receipts $30,224.94 $30,224.94 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Catechism Awards $189.00 

Loans 2,600.00 

R. J. Belk 675.00 

Miss Daisy E. Walkup 300.00 

Belk's Buying Service 1,057.52 

G. F. Shrum — Nations Ford note 1,000.00 

W. H. Belk Presbyterian Church 10,000.00 

Total Disbursements $15,821.52 $15,821.52 

Balance $14,403.42 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 
The Report was adopted. 



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FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE HOME MISSION COMMITTEE 
FOR THE SHORT YEAR 1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance $13,790.21 

Benevolent Account 43,164.27 

Myers Park Church 200.00 

Belk Brothers Co 2,250.00 

Mrs. E. N. Cole 1,000.00 

Vacation Fund 737.13 

Sale of building and old mixer 210.00 

Negro Woman's Conference 595.35 

For Star Church 875.00 

United States Treasury Coupons 125.00 

Dividends 26.50 

Beam Fund 900.00 

Refund 5.00 

Trinity Women of the Church 160.34 

Total Receipts $64,038.80 $64,038.80 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salaries and Supplies $23,191.40 

Director of Internal Revenue 1,547.25 

M.A.F. dues 1,066.44 

Minister to the Hospitals 2,475.00 

Christmas checks 600.00 

Book Fund 169.10 

Vacation Fund 757.13 

Work at Double Oaks 2,837.61 

Other Negro Work 750.47 

Moving Ministers 645.49 

Designated Gifts 350.00 

Insurance 82.12 

New Buildings 14,235.34 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 373.38 

North Charlotte Church 550.00 

Church and Manse Building Fund 103.95 

Commercial National Bank Stock 261.50 

Committee on Evangelism 32.00 

Loan — Banks Presbyterian Church 1,500.00 

Payment of Double Oaks note 1,200.00 

Park Avenue Church 200.00 

Miscellaneous expense 203.70 

Total Disbursements $53,121.88 $53,121.88 

Balance $10,916.92 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 
The Report was adopted. 



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Report of Subcommittee on World Missions — The follow- 
ing recommendations of the Subcommittee on World Missions 
were adopted: 

1. That the World Mission Season, February 1 to March 1, 1954 be 
observed in all Churches as a time of rededication to the World task of 
Christian Missions, that all Ministers be urged to preach on Missions 
and that the whole Church be called to prayer for this effort. 

2. That the Week of Prayer and Self-Denial for World Missions be 
observed by every Church in the Presbytery, with its organizations, Feb- 
ruary 28-March 7, 1954, and that all Sessions be urged to arrange for 
supplemental offerings in the Churches. 

Horace L. Thomas, Chairman 

Report of Subcommittee on Woman's Work — A report of 
the Subcommittee on Woman's Work was read and received 
as information. 

Next Meeting — The Session of the Williams Memorial 
Church invited the Presbytery to meet with them for the 
spring meeting. The invitation was accepted. 

Manual Change Adopted — The following change in the 
Manual was adopted upon second reading. 

1. That there be nine regular members on the Subcommittee of 
Religious Education plus the four ex-officio members. 

2. That the nine members be in three classes of three each and 
serving three years. 

3. That the classes of 1954 and 1955 be increased to three by the 
election of one additional member and that the class of 1956 consist of 
three members. 

Manual Change Introduced — The following Manual Change 
was adopted on first reading. 

That the Manual be changed so that the financial reports of the 
treasurers of Presbytery's funds be called upon to report at the January 
meeting and that the Auditor's Report be made not later than the April 
meeting. 

Property Deed — The matter of transferring the deed to the 
property of the Star Presbyterian Church was presented to 
the Presbytery. This was referred to the Subcommittee on 
Home Missions for its recommendations to the Presbytery. 

Committee to Study Methods of Electing Commissioners — 

The Presbytery voted to appoint a Committee to study the 



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methods of electing Commissioners to the General Assembly. 
The appointment of the Committee was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Nominations. 

Pastoral Relationship Dissolved — The Rev. J. W. Stork re- 
quested that the Pastoral Relationship existing between him 
and the Mt. Gilead and Pee Dee Churches be dissolved and 
that he be granted a letter of Transfer to East Alabama Pres- 
bytery. After hearing from the Churches, the Presbytery dis- 
solved the Pastoral relationship and granted a letter of trans- 
fer. The Stated Clerk was requested to write a letter of Com- 
mendation to East Alabama Presbytery. 

Recess — The Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1 P.M. after 
being led in prayer. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and was led in prayer by 
the Rev. M. B. Prince. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. H. G. Bedinger was 
elected Moderator-Nominee for the next meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

Commissioners to General Assembly Elected — ^The follow- 
ing Commissioners to the General Assembly were elected. 



MINISTERS 






Principals 


Alternates 


1. C.H.Rowan 


1. 


E. B. Cooper 


2. J. A. Jones 


2. 


W. T. Smith 


3. Watt M.Cooper 


3. 


W. J.Huneycutt 


4. M. G. Lyerly 


4. 


D. E. Wilkinson 


5. Warner L.Hall 


5. 


B. F. Moore 


6. KirkN. Nesbit 


6. 


R. L. Balnicky 


7. F. Clyde Pratt 


7. 


B. F. Ferguson 


8. C. E. S. Kraemer 


8. 


R. W. Rayburn 


RULING ELDERS 






Principals 




Alternates 


1. W.E.Price, 


1. 


Dr. T. D. Sparrow, 


Caldwell Memorial 




Charlotte First 


2. S.H.McCall, 


2. 


R. S. Hutchison, 


Troy 




Covenant 


3. T. M. Glasgow, 


3. 


Randolph Norton, 


Myers Park 




Sardis 



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4. McAlister Carson, 4. J. Reid Abernathy, 
Charlotte First "^^ Sugaw Creek 

5. W. H. Morrison, 5. A. R. Pegram, 
Monroe First Tenth Avenue 

6. John G. Boyd, 6. W. D. Vanderburg, 
Pleasant Hills Pageland 

7. H.H.Everett, 7. John C. Ashcraft, 
Trinity Plaza 

8. Vester McLaughlin, 8. Charles A. Hunter, 
Mallard Creek South Park 

Amendments to the Book of Church Order — The Proposed 
Amendments to the Confession of Faith and the Book of 
Church Order were considered seriatim and were all approved. 
The Stated Clerk was directed to forward an official voting 
sheet to the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. 

Bi-Centennial Celebration — Mr. R. A. Grier made a verbal 
report of the progress of the Bi-Centennial Celebration Com- 
mittee which was received as information. 

Report of Committee on Installations — The following Re- 
port of the Committee on Installations was read and adopted : 

To install the Rev. D. L. Barker as pastor of the Cameronian Presby- 
terian Church, February 7, 1954 at 3 P.M. Dr. W. M. Boyce to preside; 
Rev. Carl Miller to preach the sermon; Rev. A. T. Taylor to charge the 
Minister; Elder F. L. Pickett to charge the congregation; Alternate 
Elders Hewitt Haney and Paul May. 

To install the Rev. D. L. Barker as pastor of the Park Avenue 
Church, February 7, 1954 at 7:30 P.M. Rev. Carl Miller to preside; Dr. 
W. M. Boyce to preach the sermon; Rev. A. T. Taylor to charge the 
Minister; Elder F. L. Pickett to charge the congregation; Alternate 
Elders, Paul May and Hewitt Haney. Quorum: Two Ministers, one Elder. 

To install the Rev. Andrew A. Allen as pastor of the Amay James 
Presbyterian Church, Sunday, January 31, 1954 at 7:30 P.M. Rev. David 
Wilkinson to preach the sermon; Dr. R. H. Stone to preside; Dr. Robert 
Turner, alternate; Elder Rufus Grier to charge the Minister; E. C. Good- 
win to charge the Congregation. 

Report of Subcommittee on Religious Education — The fol- 
lowing Report of the Subcommittee on Religious Education 
was read and adopted: 

The Subcommittee on Religious Education of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery feels that it has just concluded a successful year's work in the 
various areas that are assigned to it. 

In Leadership Training full co-operation was given the Queens- 
Charlotte School of Religion which was well attended by members of 
the Presbyterian churches of the community. On November 15-17, 1953, 
a Leadership School was held at Candor for the members of the eleven 
churches in that area. 



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The Senior High conference was held at Camp Stewart on July 6-11, 
1953 under the able direction of Rev. David Wilkinson. There were 147 
delegates and 19 faculty members who attended and used the theme 
"This I Believe." It was felt that the young people went out from the 
conference with a greater knowledge of and a stronger faith in our basic 
doctrines. A Fall Rally for Seniors was held on December 6, 1953 at 
Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church. 

The Pioneer camp was held in two sections, during June 1953, and 
was ably directed by Rev. Hugh Carter. Both sections of the camp were 
full to capacity and excellent work was done. We, on the committee, feel 
keenly the loss of Mr. Carter in our program. 

Vacation Bible Schools were held in most of the churches in the 
Presbytery, and the attendance was most gratifying. 

Two Men^s Rallies were held during the last church year. The first 
was held in the late spring at the First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, 
with Dr. Marshall Dendy as the speaker; and the other, in the fall at 
the First Presbyterian Church, Albemarle, with Col. Carl LeCraw as 
the speaker. Both were well attended. A meeting of the Sunday School 
superintendents and the D R E's of the Presbytery was held in Novem- 
ber at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church, with an attendance of 55. 

A Young Adult Retreat was held at Camp Stewart in July, 1953 over 
a week-end. Despite a good program and careful advance planning, the 
attendance was small. 

We feel that great strides forward were made at Camp Stewart when 
a full-time supervisor was employed to oversee the camp and the work 
of the caretaker. Mecklenburg Presbytery has a tremendous invest- 
ment at stake in Camp Stewart, and time is fast taking a toll of some 
of the buildings. 

So much for the record of the past year, which we believe was a 
good one. Let us look at the plans for 1954: 

In Leadership Education — A school will be held at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Hamlet, N. C, January 24, 25, 26, 1954. A North Meck- 
lenburg School of Religion, sponsored jointly by Queens College and the 
churches in that area, will be held March 22-26, 1954. A Vacation Bible 
School Workshop will be held May 5 at a location in the eastern part of 
the Presbytery. The Queens-Charlotte Vacation Bible School Workshop 
will be held late in April. 

In Senior High Work — A rally for the Stanly, Montgomery, Rich- 
mond, and Anson area will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Nor- 
wood, on February 14, 1954. A similar rally for Union District will be 
held at the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, on February 21, 1954, 
and one for Mecklenburg at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church on Feb- 
ruary 28, 1954. The Senior Conference will be at Camp Stewart, June 
14-19, 1954, with Rev. David Wilkinson serving as its director. 

In Pioneer Work — A Pioneer Conclave will be held Saturday, May 
1, 1954, at Camp Stewart. The first section of Pioneer Camp will be 
at Camp Stewart June 21-26, 1954, with Rev. Wylie Hogue, Director, 
and the second section, the following week, June 28-July 3, 1954, with 
Rev. James R. Crook, Director. A training course for the adult advisors 
to Pioneers will be held March 29, 1954 at a time and place to be 
announced later. 



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Children*s Work — A laboratory class for teachers of nursery chil- 
dren will be held February 8-11, 1954 in the morning 9:30-11:30 at Myers 
Park Presbyterian Church. Miss Adeline Hill will be the leading teacher. 
There will be a group of children being taught, and the teachers attend- 
ing will observe. Registrations will be limited, but it is desirable to have 
representation from every church. 

Men's Work — Since the Men's Work has been organized into dis- 
tricts with a vice president in each, there will be a conference or rally 
held in each of the seven districts of the Presbytery during the year. 

Young Adult Work — Plans will be announced later. 

Camp Stewart — A committee is working to see that the camp is in 
as good physical condition as the financial support will allow. 

Your Subcommittee would like to present the following recommenda- 
tions: 

1. That all churches be urged to observe Sunday, January 31, 1954 
as Assembly's Youth Sunday and that an offering be sent to the support 
of Presbytery's Youth Council. 

2. That all churches be urged to give full publicity and support to 
the Men's Convention in New Orleans, October 15, 16, 17, 1954. 

3. That the Subcommittee be authorized to make a study of the 
physical needs of Camp Stewart, both from a standpoint of replacement 
and additions and bring in definite recommendations of the Fall Meeting 
of Presbytery, 1954. 

Respectfully submitted, 

James B. Kuykendall, Jr., Chairman 

Report of Committee on Nominations — The following re- 
port of the Committee on Nominations was read and adopted. 

Your Committee on Nominations presents the following Nomina- 
tions : 

1. For the Committee to study methods of Nominating Commission- 
ers to the General Assembly: 

Rev, Roswell C. Long, chairman; Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. J. C. Law- 
rence, Elder W. E. Price, Elder McAlister Carson. 

2. For the Subcommittee on Home Missions: 

Rev. Carl S. Miller to take the place of Rev. W. I. Howell. 

3. For the Subcommittee on Homes: 

Rev. Milos Strupl to take the place of Rev. J. B. Holder. 

Report of Committee on Presbytery's Records — ^The fol- 
lowing Report of the Committee on Presbytery's Records was 
read and adopted. 

The Committee on Presbytery's Records has examined the Minutes 
of the 201st and 202nd Stated Sessions, together with called and ad- 
journed meetings of Mecklenburg Presbytery. It has found the records 
to be in excellent order. The Committee recommends that Presbytery 
express appreciation to the Clerks for the efficient manner in which they 
have kept the records. 

Ben F. Moore, Chairman 



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Report of Committee on Sessional Records — The Commit- 
tee on Sessional Records made the following report which was 
adopted. 

The Sessional records were examined by the Presbytery as a Com- 
mittee of the whole and exceptions were noted. The Sessions were re- 
minded of the exceptions. The Committee also calls attention of the 
Sessions that some of the records are not in a form which will insure 
their preservation. Care should be taken to guard against loss of pages 
from the records. In this regard we recommend special care of loose leaf 
books. Pages of these books should be numbered. 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

Mecklenburg Presbytery, meeting in 203rd stated session at Cove- 
nant Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, expresses grateful appreciation: 
To Ministers, staff and officers of Covenant Church for courtesy and 
hospitality in placing at our disposal the facilities of their newly com- 
pleted structure; 

To Dr. Warner Hall and the Rev. Robert Turner for guidance and 
helpful information; 

To the women of Covenant Church for a delicious and most satisfy- 
ing meal; 

To Mr. R. S. Hutchison for most interesting and informative history 
of the Covenant Church. 

The Presbytery would further assure the Covenant Church of their 
mutual gratification upon the manifest evidence of their progress to 
date, and of their earnest prayers for God's continued guidance and 
abundant blessings upon their future efforts. 

The Presbytery would also make available to the Ministers and 
Congregation of Covenant Church copies of this resolution. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Committee on Resolutions 
C. McDonald Coffey 
Grier Wallace 
H. P. Cathey 
Rev. Howard Chadwick, Chairman 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

The Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. C. Don 
Coffey to meet at the Williams Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, Route No. 9, Charlotte, N. C, at 9 A.M. on April 20, 
1954. 

Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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The Two Hundred Fourth 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Route No. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 
April 20, 1954. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Fourth Stated Session in the Williams Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, Route No. 9, Charlotte, N. C, at 9 A.M. on the above 
date. 

The Moderator, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, presided and led the 
opening exercises. The Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., led the opening 
prayer. The Rev. Harold D. Hayward read the Scripture. The 
Moderator preached the sermon based on the text Matthew 
5:16. 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated. The 
Sacrament was administered by Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit and Rev. 
Homer A. Spencer assisted by ruling elders in attendance. 

History of the Williams Memorial Church — ^The History of 
the Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church was distributed 
to the Presbytery in printed form. It was adopted and is as 
follows. 

HISTORY OF WILLIAMS MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

Williams Chapel of which Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church 
is the outgrowth was located five miles from the heart of Charlotte, 
North Carolina, on the Beatie's Ford Road. The community in which it 
was located was a mining district with the usual vices. In fact, a bar 
room stood directly across the road from the brush arbor in which Rev. 
J. C. Williams of Hopewell Presbyterian Church came to preach to those 
interested. 

Soon the interested group increased and the need for a building was 
evident. Rev. Mr. Williams had been called to his final rest and Rev. 
Frank Leeper had succeeded him at Hopewell. The outpost of Williams 
Chapel was still active — so much so that in 1881 a building lot of two 
acres was purchased from Mr. McRhee and during the summer a frame 
building with a seating capacity of three to four hundred was erected. 
Rev. W. E. Mcllwain then became pastor at Hopewell. 



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Before the year closed, an active Sunday School was in progress and 
some twenty-eight people had united with the Chapel. For the next four 
years, the work showed much promise. From the minutes of Mecklen- 
burg Presbjrtery dated "Paw Creek, March 27, 1885," one reads: 

"A petition for the organization of a church at a place, known as 
"Williams Chapel," in the bounds of Hopewell Congregation (Mecklen- 
burg Co.), was presented by Rev. Wm. E. Mcllwain. The Petition set 
forth reasons for a separate organization. The matter was considered 
and Presbytery directed the Ex. Com. Home Missions to organize a 
Church, if they find the way clear." (Rec. Meek. Pby., V. 3, 1883-87, p. 
187.) 

Then from the report to the Presbytery meeting at Swannanoa Aug. 
27, 1885 the following is found in the minutes of that meeting: 

"The Commission instructed at last Spring Meeting to organize a 
Church in Mecklenburg Co. made the following report which was ap- 
proved: 

"According to the order of Presbytery made in March last at Paw 
Creek, a Presbyterian Church was organized in Mecklenburg County on 
the 25th day of April, 1885, with 73 members from Hopewell Church, & 
3 members from Paw Creek Ch. making the whole membership 76. By 
a Unanimous vote the new Church was named WILLIAMS MEMORIAL 
CHURCH in honor of Rev. J. C. Williams deceased a former pastor of 
Hopewell Ch. who preached frequently at a stand in the grove near the 
new Church Building in which the members were organized into a 
Church of our Order. I. A. Frazier, B. F. Brown, & J. C. Hutchison were 
elected elders, & J. L. Jamison & W. H. Puckett Deacons; and they were 
ordained and installed to their respective offices. 

"It is recommended that Presbytery receive and enroll this New 
Church organization under the name & style of the WILLIAMS MEMO- 
RIAL CHURCH. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. M. Watson, Chm., in behalf of 

Ex. Com. Home Missions. (Recs.V.3.p.206)" 

The church was originally a frame structure consisting of one large 
room with a pulpit at one end. At this altar, E. H. Little, President 
emeritus of the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. was the first baby baptized. 
Later this building was remodeled by adding a vestibule and two class 
rooms at the front. In the spring of 1923 this building was torn down 
and a brick veneer building was erected. In addition to the auditorium, 
there were seven Sunday School rooms in the building. On November 14, 
1948, the Congregation voted to undertake a program to build an edu- 
cational building and remodel the Sanctuary. The buildings were com- 
pleted and used for worship on Sunday, December 25, 1949. 

Spiritual growth is evidenced by the fact that four sons of the 
Church have entered the ministry. They are Rev. Charles H. Little, Rev. 
Fred E. Gray, Rev. Coyte Hunter, and Rev. J. Kennedy McConnell. One 
member, Marcus B. Prince, Jr., is now preparing for full time service. 
Evidence is noted, too, by the number who have gladly served the local 
Church in official capacities and have been active in interdenominational 
organizations. 



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The various organizations within the Church proper, such as Sunday 
School, Choir, Women of the Church, Men of the Church, and the Young 
People have been active since the organization using the appropriate 
name for the given period. 

The Charter Officers were, Mr. I. A. Frazier, Mr. B. L. Brown, and 
Mr. J. C. Hutchison, elders; Mr. J. L. Jamison and Mr. W. H. Puckett, 
deacons. 

The Roll — The following were present or enrolled during 
the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yan- 
dell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, R. A. Young, 
C. M. Boyd, D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, F. C. 
Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, J. 0. Mann, F. C. Pratt, Jones 
Barclay, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thompson, 
W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whitley, Warner L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, Homer 
A. Spencer, J. A. Carricker, H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. 
Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. 
Moore, Watt M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana Waters, W. J. Huney- 
cutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, 
E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, 
H. L. Thomas, H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. Mc- 
Lean, G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnicky, S. W. Yandle, J. E. 
Wayland, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, James R. Crook, Miles 
Strupl, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, S. W. Hogue, O. 
Don Coffey, I. Howard Chadwick, Robert Turner, W. S. Boyce, Dwight 
L. Barker, Andrew A. Allen and Richard V. Colen — 76. 

Ruling Elders — J. W. Lyerly, Albemarle First; Walter Crook, Altan; 
James F. Cooley, Amay James; J. L. Donaldson, Amity; J. E. Kimbrel, 
Avondale; L. A. Fesperman, Badin; F. P. Stephenson, Banks; Curtis 
Moore, Benton Heights; W. M. Knox, Bethel; J. W. Cross, Camp Greene; 
E. L. Grier, Central Steele Creek; Samuel W. Smith, Charlotte First; 
Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Memorial; E. H. Austin, Commonwealth; John 
T. McClure, Cook's Memorial; Arthur L. Craig, Covenant; E. L. Conder, 
Eastminster; W. S. McRae, Ellerbe; J. E. McLauchlin, Hamlet; W. M. 
Barnett, Hopewell; J. F. Henderson, Huntersville; W. J. Lee, Indian 
Hill; T. A. Biggers, Indian Trail; Joe Clontz, Locust; D. J. McCaskill, 
Macedonia; J. M. McLauchlin, Mark's Creek; Dr. C. A. Bolt, Marsh- 
ville; J. E. Williams, Matthews; N. C. Long, McGee; J. C. Reid, Jr., 
McQuay Memorial; W. F. Wall, Monroe First; L. V. V/all, Morven; D. 
H. Dunn, Mulberry; C. E. Brewer, Jr., Myers Park; J. D. Watkins, 
Newell; W. L. Howie, North Charlotte; R. B. Winchester, Norwood; 
H. H. Houston, Pageland; Paul H. Many, Park Avenue; Worth Camp- 
bell, Paw Creek; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; John D. Elliott, Plaza; 
P. P. Patterson, Providence; Lamont Mayes, Ramah; H. C. Sullivan, 
Robinson; W. P. Summerville, St. Andrews; W. A, Collier, St. Paul; 
C. L. Hooks, Sardis; J. R. Graham, Selwyn Avenue; W. B. Kiser, Sharon; 
Lloyd Price, Siler; Charles A. Hunter, South Park; Herbert Brown, 
Star; Gay Privette, Stephenson; W. W. Welch, Sugaw Creek; C. L. 
Elliott, Tenth Avenue; J. F. Lineberger, Thomasboro; H. A. Smoak, 



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Trinity; J. C. Richardson, Turner; C. H. Ferguson, Wadesboro; E. P. 
McCain, Walker sville; Henry H. Massey, Waxhaw; R. S. Wilkinson, 
West Avenue; Boyce M. Brown, Westminster; R. Earl Walters, West- 
over Hills; W. F. Caldwell, Williams Memorial; L. C. Helms, Wil- 
more — 67. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following Ministers were introduced and asked to sit as visit- 
ing brethren: Rev. Coyte Hunter, Rev. J. H. Stokes, Rev. W. C. Neal, 
Rev. R. V. Colen. 

The Assistant Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — ^The Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Moderator- 
Nominee, was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
Report of the Committee was read and adopted 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
follow the printed docket with the following modifications: 

1. That the second order after lunch be devoted to hearing an 
address on CROP. 

2. That the third order after lunch be devoted to the report of the 
Subcommittee on Woman's Work. 

3. That the fourth order after lunch be devoted to hearing an ad- 
dress by the president of the Men of the Presbytery. 

4. That the Presbytery recess at 1:00 P.M. for lunch and reconvene 
at 2:00 P.M. 



5. Candidates to preach. 



Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., Chairman 
Rev. Watt M. Cooper 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr. 



THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Retiring Moderator's Sermon — 

Rev. Watt M. Cooper. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials. 

4. History of the Williams Memorial Church — Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

5. Enrollment: Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduc- 

tion of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 



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9. Communications. 

10. Report of Commissions: 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

11. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Committee on Church Extension — Rev. H. D. Hayward. 

2. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

3. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

4. Subcommittee on Women's Work — Rev. R. W. Rayburn. 

14. Report of Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 

15. Unfinished Business: 

1. Special Committees. 

2. Change of Manual. 

16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. (McQuay Memorial Church.) 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after luch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The following 
Standing Committees were appointed by the Moderator. 

1. Bills and Overtures — Rev. Watt M. Cooper, chairman; Rev. W. B. 
Neill, M. R. Craig, J. T. McClure. 

1. Installations — Rev. S. H. Zealy, chairman; Rev. W. T. Smith, 
W. P. Sommerville, Paul Many. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. C. S. Miller, chairman; Rev. W. M. 
Walsh, R. W. Davenport, J. E. McLauchlin. 

4. Resolutions — Rev. S. W. Yandle, chairman; Rev. W. B. McSwain, 
W. S. McRae, J. D. Walters. 

5. Synod's Minutes — Rev. R. A. Young, chairman; Rev. J. R. Crook, 
R. B. Winchester, Vernon Wall. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following Ministers asking to be excused from the 
meeting of Presbytery: Rev. F. R. McAlister, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, 
Rev. R. F. Boyd, Rev. W. G. Workman, Rev. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff, Rev. 
Olin M. Whitener. The requests were granted. 

2. From William M. Plonk requesting transfer as a candidate to 
East Hanover Presbytery. The request was granted. 



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3. From the Session of the Lee Park Church requesting permission 
to change the name of the Church to East Monroe. The request was 
granted. 

4. From the Session of the McQuay Memorial Church inviting the 
Presbytery to hold its July meeting in this Church. The invitation was 
accepted. 

5. From Rev. John N. Miller expressing his appreciation of the fel- 
lowship and friendship of the members of the Presbytery while he 
was a Candidate under the care of the Presbytery. This was received 
as information. 

6. From Chaplain James B. Reaves the report of his activities. This 
was received as information. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — The fol- 
lowing report of the Commission on the Minister and His 

Work was read and admitted to record. 

Since the last meeting of Presbytery your Commission has transacted 
the following business: 

1. Dismissed: Candidate John A. McLaney to Louisville Presbytery 
and Candidate John Miller to Albemarle Presbytery. 

2. Dissolved the relationship between Rev. J. S. Garner and the St. 
Andrews Church; and the relationship between Rev. H. L. Thomas and 
the South Park Church. Rev. H. L. Thomas was granted a letter of 
transfer to Matoon Presbytery, U. S. A. Church. 

3. Approved calls for the services of Rev. J. S. Garner for work 
under the Home Missions subcommittee in the Woodlawn area; for the 
services of Rev. Bland Dudley at McQuay Memorial; and for the serv- 
ices of Rev. W. F. Mitchell at Sunset Hills. 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Report of Other Commissions — The following Commissions 
made their reports which were admitted to record. 

1. To install Rev. Dwight L. Barker. 

Commission to install Dwight L. Barker as pastor of Park Avenue 
Church, Rockingham, N. C. 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. Dwight L. Barker as 
pastor of Park Avenue Church, Rockingham, N. C, met at 7:30 P.M. 
February 14, 1954 at Park Avenue, Rev. Carl S. Miller was chairman of 
the Commission. A. T. Taylor offered the opening prayer and was ap- 
pointed secretary of the meeting. Other members of the Commission 
present were Rev. Carl S. Miller and Elders Frank McLeod and Paul 
Many. 

The Commission then met with the congregation in a service of 
worship. Rev. Carl S. Miller presided at this service. Dr. W. M. Boyce 
preached the sermon, using as his text John 10:10. His subject being 
"The Purpose of His Coming." The Constitutional questions were pro- 
pounded by Rev. Carl S. Miller and having been answered in the affirm- 
ative by pastor and people, the pastoral relationship was declared estab- 
lished. Rev. A. T. Taylor charged the pastor. Mr. Frank McLeod gave 
the charge to the congregation. The benediction was pronounced by the 
newly installed pastor, Dwight L. Barker. 



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The new minister was welcomed by the officers and members of the 
congregation at the close of the service. After the service the Com- 
mission retired and reviewed and approved the minutes and adjourned 
with prayer by Mr. Frank McLeod. 

Carl S. Miller, Chairman, 
A. T. Taylor, Secretary 

Commission to install Rev. Dwight L. Barker. 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. Dwight L. Barker as pas- 
tor of Cameronian Church, Rockingham, N. C, met at Cameronian 
Church at 3 P.M. on February 14, 1954. The Chairman of the Commis- 
sion, Dr. W. M. Boyce constituted the meeting with prayer. Rev. A. T. 
Taylor was appointed secretary. Other members present were: Carl S. 
Miller, A. T. Taylor and Elder Frank McLeod of First Presbyterian 
Church, Rockingham, N. C. 

The Commission then united with the congregation in a service of 
worship led by the chairman. Dr. W. M. Boyce. The sermon from the 
text Exodus 4:2 was preached by Rev. Carl S. Miller, whose theme was 
"What is That in Thine Hand?" The Constitutional questions pro- 
pounded by the chairman having been answered in the affirmative by 
pastor and people, the declaration of the installation was announced 
by Dr. Boyce. The charge to the pastor was given by Rev. A. T. Tay- 
lor. The charge to the congregation was given by Elder Frank McLeod. 
The benediction was pronounced by the newly elected pastor, Dwight L. 
Barker. The new minister was welcomed by the officers and members of 
the congregation at the close of the service. After the service the Com- 
mission retired, reviewed and approved the minutes and adjourned with 
prayer by Rev. Carl S. Miller. 

W. M. Boyce, Chairman, 
A. T. Taylor, Secretary 

Minister Received — The Rev. Richard V. Colen seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented a certifi- 
cate of Transfer from Buffalo-Niagara Presbytery of the Pres- 
byterian Church in the U.S.A. The certificate was found in or- 
der and the Presbytery proceeded to examine Mr. Colen in 
accordance with the provisions of the Book of Church Order. 
The examination was approved as satisfactory and the Rev. 
Richard V. Colen was enrolled as a member of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery upon the signing of the Covenant. 

A Call from the Amity Church was placed in his hands 
and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to install 
him. (See report of Committee on Installations.) 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education — The 

following Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education 
was read and adopted: 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education to: Mecklenburg 
Presbytery — April 20, 1954. Meeting at Williams Memorial Presbyterian 
Church. 



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By unanimous recommendation, the Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presents the following men, who have asked to be received as 
candidates for the Gospel Ministry under care of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery: 

1. Mr. Charles Emanuel Cook, Jr. (Born May 1, 1934 at Greer, South 
Carolina) a member of the Commonwealth Presbyterian Church at 
Charlotte. Mr. Cook is completing his second year at Columbia Bible 
College and will begin work at Presbyterian College in the fall to com- 
plete his college work. He plans to take his theological training at 
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. 

2. Mr. Harvey Belton Johnson (Born August 27, 1902) a member 
of the Thomasboro Presbyterian Church. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of 
Duke University and the American College of Life Underwriters. He 
is a former professional baseball player and for the past four years has 
served as a teacher and coach at Stuart Robinson School, Blackey, 
Kentucky. He is an ordained Elder. Mr. Johnson is married and has a 
daughter. He plans to attend Columbia Theological Seminary. 

3. Mr. David Earl Ross (Born September 14, 1935) a members of the 
Plaza Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ross is completing his freshman year 
at Kings College, Bristol, Tenn. He plans to take his theological train- 
ing at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. 

These men have all been found in order and their recommendations 
most commendatory. We are happy to recommend them to Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to be enrolled as candidates for the Gospel ministry follow- 
ing their examination. 

G. Dana Waters, Chairman 
For the Committee 

We would also present Mr. Bland Dudley and Mr. Fred C. Holder, 
candidates for the Gospel ministry seeking licensure and ordination. 

Mr. Merle Bland Dudley has completed his theological training at 
Union Theological Seminary, and comes to Mecklenburg Presbytery as 
a candidate for the ministry by transfer from Montgomery Presbytery, 
Synod of Virginia. Both his thesis (on The Problem of Authority), and 
his exegesis (Romans 5:17-19) have been found in order and well pre- 
sented. His sermon will be preached from the text: Acts 20:17-35 — 
"Paul's Concept of the Christian Ministry." 

Mr. Dudley is married and has accepted a call to the McQuay Memo- 
rial Presbyterian Church here in Charlotte, pending the completion of 
his examination before the Presbytery. 

Mr. Fred C. Holder has completed his theological training at Union 
Theological Seminary, and comes to our Presbytery by transfer from 
Fayetteville Presbytery, Synod of North Carolina — as a candidate for 
the ministry. His thesis (Authority in the Christian Religion) and his 
exegesis (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) are both well presented and found in or- 
der. His sermon is to be preached from I Corinthians 2:2. 

Mr. Holder has accepted a call to the Ramah Presbyterian Church, 
Route No. 1, Huntersville, N. C, pending his examination before the 
Presbytery. 

The Committee recommends these men to the Presbytery for exam- 
ination and to hear their sermons. 

G. Dana Walters, Chairman 

For the Committee on Ministerial Education 



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Candidate Received — Mr. Charles Emanuel Cook, Jr., Mr. 
Harry Belton Johnson and Mr. David Earl Ross presented 
themselves for reception as Candidates for the Gospel Min- 
istry under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery. Having ac- 
cepted the recommendations of the Committee on Ministerial 
Education, the Presbytery proceeded to examine these men 
in accordance with the provisions of the Book of Church Or- 
der. The examination was approved as satisfactory. Rev. 
David E. Wilkinson charged the candidates and the Rev. F. C. 
Debele, Jr., led the prayer of dedication. These men were en- 
rolled as Candidates for the Gospel Ministry under the care 
of Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Candidates Examined for Licensure and Ordination — Mr. 

Merle Bland Dudley of Montgomery Presbytery and Mr. Fred 
C. Holder of Fayetteville Presbytery presented certificates 
of transfer which were found in order. They were received into 
Mecklenburg Presbytery as Candidates for the Gospel Min- 
istry. Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Minis- 
terial Education these men were examined for licensure and 
ordination according to the provisions of the Book of Chifv-ch 
Order. Their examination including the preaching of their 
sermons was approved as satisfactory. Here the examination 
was arrested and Commissions were appointed to ordain and 
install Mr. Dudley and Mr. Holder in their Churches. (See 
Report of Committee on Installations.) 

Calls from the McQuay Church and the Ramah Church 
were placed in the hands of the Commissions to be placed in 
the hands of the Ministers at the service of Ordination and 
Installation. 

Special Prayer — The Presbytery paused for prayer in be- 
half of our Chaplains, W. M. Boyce, Jr., and James B. Reeves. 
Also included in the prayer were Rev. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff and 
Rev. Olin M. Whitner who are ill. 

Petitions for Organization of Churches — The following 
people petitioned the Presbytery to organize a Church on 
Woodlawn Road. 

Mrs. W. McG. Buck, Mr. and Mrs. Z. R. Little, R. L. Woodcock, Mr. 
and Mrs. John Leake, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Littlejohn, Mr. and Mrs. 
Danile S. Ray, III, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Helms, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. 
Neely, Sr., Harry L. Neely, Jr., George O. Neely, Thomas T. White, Mr. 
and Mrs. H. C. Lawing, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. David White, Mr. and Mrs. 
Calvin C. Sloan, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. 
Blackwelder, Jr., Roger W. Blackwelder, Jr., Lenda Kay Blackwelder, 



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Robert T, Blackwelder, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Foard, Alyce Foard, Jean 
Foard, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Zell, Mr. and 
Mrs. A. G. Brown, Jr., Mrs. B. H. Mayberry, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Black- 
welder, Sr., Walter L. Blackwelder, Francis B. Garner, Mrs. J. Samuel 
Garner, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Johnson, W. L. Garmon, Mrs. W. L. Garmon, 
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Harkey, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Wright, Mr. and 
Mrs. Kermet Lumley, Mr. and Mrs. D. S. MacRae, Mrs. S. H. Grainger, 
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Blackwelder, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hicks, Jr., Mr. 
and Mrs. J. I. Patterson. 

The following people petitioned Presbytery to organize a 
Church on Nations Ford Road under the name of W. H. Belk 
Presbyterian Church. 

We, the undersigned, petition you to organize us into the W. H. 
Belk Presbyterian Church on Nations Ford Road: 

Don Hill, Mrs. J. W. Allred, W. H. Allred, Ruth Allred, Mrs. C. E. 
Kay, Cora Lee Snipes, P. S. Snipes, Esther Honbarger, Arthur Hon- 
barger, Mrs. A. W. Barnes, A. W. Barnes, Margaret Nixon, Ray Nixon, 
Victor J. Carpenter, Evelyn Hill Carpenter, Roy L. McKain, Mary B. 
McKain, George W. Hager, Gracis Elizabeth Hager, James Autry, 
Johnnie R. Autry, Mary Roberts, Glenn A. Roberts, E. F. Rigsbee, Mrs. 
E. F. Rigsbee, Mrs. H. E. Davis, H. E. Davis, Mrs. W. L. Bishop, W. L. 
Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bryant, Ralph L Ward, Mrs. Louise C. Ward, 
Mrs. John E. Ritchie, Mrs. Don Hill, James H. Hoover, J. W. Allred, 
Susan E. Allred, Leonard H. Conrad, Mrs. L. H. Conrad, C. R. Simpson, 
Mrs. C. R. Simpson, Mrs. Ray E. Goodwin, Ray E. Goodwin, Arthur S. 
Chesser, Mrs. A. S. Chesser, Mrs. August Tuck, August Tuck, Mrs. 
B. J. Chapman, B. J. Chapman, Peggy Barnes, Becky Barnes, Lavern 
Burris, L. J. Burris, Marshall Merritt, Paul F. Farmer, Odie Rigdon 
Heath, III, Wilbur Snipes, William Snipes, Mrs. Charles E. Patterson, 
John W. Ziegler, Janet Ziegler, Nettie Biggers, Jack E. Biggers, Mrs. 
Heln J. Mumford. 

The Presbytery voted to organize these churches and Com- 
missions were appointed to accomplish this work. The Com- 
mission appointed for the organization of these Churches in- 
clude the following, the Subcommittee on Home Missions and 
the Rev. Roswell Long, Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. R. H. Stone, 
Rev. Jonas Barclay, Rev. W. S. Boyce, Rev. J. S. Garner, Jr., 
Mr. Beaumont Whitten, Mr. Harvey W. Moore and Mr. Vance 
Baucom. 

Period of Intercession — The Presbytery voted to include in 
its docket at each session a period of intercession. 

Recess — Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1 P.M. and was 
led in prayer by the Rev. S. M. Inman. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and was led in prayer by 
the Rev. Horace L. Thomas. 

Moderator Nominated — Ruling Elder James B. Kuykendall 
was nominated as Moderator for the next meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

C.R.O.P — The Rev. L. I. Stell addressed the Presbytery 
on the subject of C.R.O.P. and commended its program to all 
the Churches. 

Report of Subcommittee on Woman's Work — The Rev. R. 
W. Rayburn presented Mrs. Boyce Hunter and Mrs. Lloyd E. 
Ardrey to the Presbytery. Mrs. Boyce Hunter presented the 
work of the Women of the Presbytery. The report was re- 
ceived as information and the women were commended for 
their service to the Church. 

Men of the Presbytery — Mr. Joseph Grier, President of 
the Men of the Presbytery, spoke of the work of the men and 
urged attendance of the men upon the Men's Convention in 
New Orleans in the fall. 

Report of Committee on Church Extension — The follow- 
ing Report of the Committee on Church Extension was read 
and adopted: 

1. That each church and each pastor, if practicable, cooperate in the 
1955 Evangelism exchange with the Synod of Virginia. If acceptance 
has not been made already, it should be done not later than April 30th. 

2. That each church have at least one Visitation Evangelism meeting 
each year. (Your Committee has a list of men who can assist in this.) 

3. That our churches keep before themselves the preeminent impor- 
tance of soul-winning. 

Church Extension Committee 
Harold Hayward, Moderator 

Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council pre- 
sented the following recommendations which were adopted: 

1. We recommend the adoption of the Auditor's Report which was 
examined by the Council. 

2. We recommend that the Subcommittee on Ne9:ro Work be 
authorized to seek to raise $25,000 from members of the Presbytery 
prior to June 1, 1954 for Negro Work. 

3. We recommend that the Standing Rules be set aside so that 
Presbytery may meet in September, 1954, the second Tuesday. This 
change becomes advisable due to the change in the date of the meet- 
ing of Synod. 



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4. We recommend that the Auditor's Report on the Stated Clerk's 
books be approved. 

Invitation Accepted — The Session of the Cook's Memorial 
Church invited the Presbytery to meet at their Church in 
September. The invitation was accepted. 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted: 

1. Commission to install Rev. Richard V. Colen as pastor of the 
Amity Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C, on April 25, 1954 at 7:30 
P.M. To preach the sermon. Rev. Samuel H. Zealy; Rev. Charles G. Mc- 
Clure to charge the pastor; Rev. Edward B. Cooper to preside; Rev. 
William H. Johnston to lead in prayer; Dr. T. S. Sparrow to charge the 
congregation; alternate. Elder Mr. Carl O. Fincher. 

2. To ordain and install Rev. Bland Dudley at McQuay Memorial 
Presbyterian Church, July 11, 1954 at 7:30 P.M. To preach the sermon, 
Rev. Eugene D. Witherspoon, Wilmington Presbytery; Rev. W. T. Smith 
to charge the pastor; Rev. F. S. Johnson to propound the questions; Rev. 
R. H. Stone, preside and charge the congregation; Rev. S. H. Zealy, 
alternate Miniser; Dr. C. W. Robinson and Mr. J. C. Reid, Jr., to com- 
plete the Commission. Mr. R. E. Prather, alternate elder. 

3. To ordain and install Rev. Fred C. Holder as pastor of Ramah 
Presbyterian Church, July 11, 1954 at 7:30 P.M. To preach the sermon. 
Dr. Roy Whitley; to charge the pastor, Dr. H. G. Bedinger; to charge 
the congregation, Mr. Lamont Mayes; Rev. Stewart Yandle to preside 
and propound the constitutional questions; Elder Tommy Kerns to com- 
plete the Commission. Alternates — Ministers, Rev. Don Coffey, Rev. J. 
Cecil Lawrence; Elders, George Fletcher and Paul Many. 

Summer Camps — Verbal reports were made concerning 
preparations for Senior Young People's Conference and Pio- 
neer Camp to be held at Camp Stewart. The Senior Conference 
will be June 14-19; First Pioneer Camp, June 21-26; Second 
Pioneer Camp June 28-July 3. 

Report of Committee on Synod's Minutes — The Committee 
on Synod's Minutes made a verbal report which was received 
as information. 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — ^The following report 
of the Committee on Resolutions was read and adopted. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery in its spring meeting at Williams Memo- 
rial Presbyterian Church wishes to thank the pastor, M. B. Prince, Jr., 
and the people for their gracious hospitality which was shown in their 
beautiful and spacious grounds and in their handsome buildings. For 
the flowers and other things which added to our comfort and enjoy- 
ment we are grateful. For them in this week of celebration and dedi- 
cation of their buildings, of which this meeting of Presbytery is the 
beginning, and in all phases of the future life of this church, we wish 
God's continued blessings and increased measures of faith and service 
to which these buildings are tribute. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



Presbytery also wishes to convey to the Women of this church our 
thanks for the bountiful meal which they served to us. 

We wish that this message be passed on to the members of the 
church through the pastor. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Stewart W. Yandle, Chairman 

Manual Change Adopted — Presbytery voted to change its 
Manual on second reading so that the financial reports of the 
Treasurers' of Presbytery's Funds shall be made at the Janu- 
ary meeting and that the Auditor's report shall be made not 
later than the April meeting. 

Resolution Adopted — The following resolution was adopted 
by Presbytery. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg in Stated Session would express to 
the Session and membership of the Sardis Presbyterian Church its very 
genuine concern for the Sardis Church in this difficult period of its 
life. The Presbytery would also convey its appreciation of the strength 
which the Sardis Church has added to the Presbytery and assure our 
Christian brothers of the Sardis Church of our prayers and support as 
they seek to find an equitable solution to the problems which now con- 
front them. 

Presbytery Concurs in Invitation to General Assembly — 

The following resolution was adopted by the Presbytery. 

That the Presbytery concur in the invitation of the Presbyterian 
Churches of Mecklenburg County to the General Assembly of the Pres- 
byterian Church in the U. S. to meet in Charlotte in 1955 as a part of 
the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Pres- 
byterianism in our midst, and that it expresses the hope that the Gen- 
eral Assembly will see fit to accept this invitation. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by Rev. H. G. Bed- 
inger to meet at the McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, at 9 A.M. on July 20, 1954. 

H. G. Bedinger, Moderator 

F. C. Debel, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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INDEX 



Page 

Adjournment 34, 47 

Afternoon Sessions 30, 45 



Amendemnts to the Book of 
Church Order 



31 



Arrangements 16,38 

Bi-Centenial Celebration 31 

Calls to Churches 23, 41 

Candidates 

Examined for Licensure 43 

Examined and Received 23,43 

Transferred 20, 39, 40 

Commissioners to the 

General Assembly 30,31 

Commissions Reporting 

Minister and His Work 19, 40 

To Install Ministers 19, 40 

Committees Appointed 

Special Committees 29 

Standing Committees 18,39 

Committees Reporting 

Committee on Ministerial 

Education 20, 21, 22, 23, 41, 42 

Committee on Church Extension ....45 

Committee on Nominations 33 

Committee on Installations 31, 4fi 

Committee on 

Presbytery's Records 33 

Committee on Synod's Minutes 46 

Committee on Resolutions 34, 46 

Committee on Sessional Records ....34 

Presbytery's Council 24, 45 

Sub-Committee on World Missions ..29 
Sub-Committee on 

Woman's Work 29, 45 

Sub-Committee on 

Religious Education 31,32,33 

Communications 18, 39, 40 



Page 

Communion Service 35 

Directory 3, 4, 6 

Docket 17, 38, 39 

Docket Schedule 2 

History of Churches ...13,14,15,35,36,37 

Manual Changes 

Introduced 29 

Adopted 29,45 

Ministers 

Excused 18, 39, 41 

Received 23, 41 

Transferred 19, 20, 40 

Minutes Adopted 34, 47 

Moderator 

Elected 16, 38 

Nominated 30, 45 

Next Meeting 29, 46 

Opening Exercises 13, 35 

Pastoral Relationship 

Dissolved 19, 20, 30, 40 

Petitions to Organize Churches 43,44 

Presbytery Meetings Back Page 

Recess 30, 44 

Resolutions Adopted 47 

Roll Call 15, 16, 37, 38 

Roll of Churches 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 

Roll of Ministers 6 

Ruling Elders Introduced 16, 38 

Special Addresses 13, 35 

Treasurers Reports 24,25,26,27,28 

Visiting Brethren 16, 38 



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MINUTES 
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MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 



20^th Stated Meeting 

McQuay Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 20, 1954 



206th Stated Session 

Cook's Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 14, 1954 



Called Meeting 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

October 21, 1954 



Next Stated Session 

Myers Park Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 18, 1955 



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of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume I Number 2 



20") th Stated Meeting 

McQuay Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 20, 1954 

206th Stated Session 

Cook's Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 14, 1954 

Called Meeting 

Covenant Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

October 21, 1954 

Next Stated Session 

Myers Park Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 18, 195 5 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 

Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Nominations 

(e) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 :00 A. M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



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DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Jr., Moderator of Summer Meeting 

Rev. W. L. Hall, Moderator of Fall Meeting 

Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1955) 

Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 

Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 

Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1955 — Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

1956— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 

Presbytery — 

1955 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 
1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 
1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. Roswell C. Long 

1955 — Rev. R. C. Long, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. James Williams 

1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 

1957— Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Mr. R. L. Puckett 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1955— Rev. E. B. Cooper 

1956— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

1957— Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1955— Rev. A. T. Taylor 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Geogrey Sutcliffe 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1955— Mr. C. W. Wilson 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson 



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Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations 

1955— Rev. W. A. Gamble, Chairman 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward 

1957— Mr. Legette Blythe 

Sub Committee on Evangelism 

1955— Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman; Dr. Hamilton W. McKay 

1956— Rev. R. G. Balnicky 

1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Mr. McAlister Carson 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1955— Rev. C. S. Miller, Chairman 

1956— Mr. Paul B. Marion 

1957— Rev. T. W. MacLean 

Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1955— Rev. Carl S. Miller, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 

1956— Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 

Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett 
1957 — Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. J. C. Lawrence 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1955— Rev. R. M. Kerr, J. W. Thomson 

1956— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman; Mr. W. H. Barnhardt 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1955— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Frank Orr 

Sub Committee on Religious Education 

1955— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Rev. S. W. Hogue 

Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nisbet 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. J. W. Grier, Jr. 
Pres. of Youth Fellowship — John Kimbril 

1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Mr. B. A. Estridge 

1957 — Rev. J. R. Crook, Chairman; Rev. Robert Turner, 
Dr. John Lafferty 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1955— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. G. Dana Waters 

1955— Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. H. S. Robinson, Mr. P. F. Howerton 
1956— Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. G. Dana Waters, Mr. H. C. Williams 
1957_Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. H. S. Schum, Mr. H. C. Alexander 



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Homes : 

Chairman — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit 

1955— Rev. H. D. P. Pollard, Mr. D. G. Kimbrell, Rev. R. W. Rayburn 
1956— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. K. N. Nesbit, Mr. J. David Flowers 
1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. C. A. White, Mr. J. B. Watt 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1955 — Rev. G. Dana Waters, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. T. M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 



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ROLL OF MINISTERS 



1. J. W. Grier 

2. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 

3. M. E. Peabody 

4. W. H. Johnston 

5. J. C. McGehee 

6. B. Frank Yandell 

7. W. C. Copeland 

8. J. C. Grier 

9. T. R. Alexander 

10. A. T. Taylor 

11. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

12. H. C. Carmichael 

13. W. B. Neill 

14. C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 

15. R. A. Young, D.D. 

16. Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 

17. A. L. Roberts 

18. Daniel K. Snyder 

19. T.H.Mitchell 

20. W. T. Smith 

21. Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 

22. Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 

23. R. H. Stone, D.D. 

24. Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 

25. Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 

26. Chas. G. McClure, D.D. 

27. Sam M. Inman 

28. J. 0. Mann, D.D. 

29. F. Clyde Pratt 

30. Jonas Barclay 

31. W. M. Walsh, D.D. 

32. F. S. Johnston 

33. Samuel MeP. Glasgow, D.D. 

34. A. Leslie Thompson 

35. Wm. A. Gamble 

36. Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 

37. Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 

38. C. C. McNeill, D.D. 

39. Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 

40. T. W. MacLean 

41. Homer A. Spencer 

42. Jno. A. Carriker 

43. Henry S. Robinson 

44. S. M. Hutchison 

45. C. H. Rowan 

46. R. C. Long, D.D. 

47. D. S. Chalabie 

48. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 

49. H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 

50. Carl S. Miller 



51. Ben F. Moore 

52. Watt M. Cooper 

53. H. V. Carson, D.D. 

54. Harold D. Hayward, Ph.D. 

55. G. Dana Waters 

56. W. J. Huneycutt 

57. Samuel H. Zealy 

58. W. B. McSwain 

59. Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 

60. F. C. Wilkinson 

61. D. E. Wilkinson 

62. E. B. Cooper 

63. Ira H. Rawles 

64. Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 

65. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 

66. M. G. Lyerly 

67. R. W. Rayburn 

68. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

69. Hugh Pollard 

70. W. M. Boyce, D.D. 

71. Russell M. Kerr 

72. C. H. McLean 

73. J. B. Reaves 

74. Geo. A. Fletcher 

75. R. G. Laurens 

76. Robert G. Balnicky 

77. Stewart W. Yandle 

78. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

79. Kirk N. Nesbit 

80. B.F.Ferguson 

81. James R. Crook 

82. Sheldon A. Kosey 

83. Crawford White 

84. J. S. Garner 

85. H. S. Schum 

86. S. WylieHogue 

87. W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 

88. C.McD. Coffey 

89. I. Howard Chadwick 

90. W. S. Boyce 

91. Robert Turner 

92. Andrew A. Allen 

93. Dwight L. Barker 

94. Richard V. Colen 

95. W.F.Mitchell 

96. W.T.Taylor 

97. C.D.Caldwell 

98. Vance Baucom 

99. Hugh M. Jefferson 



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ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Albemarle First H. P. Morrow 

S. 5th St. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. A. Lowery 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin 

504 E. Boundry 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale J. E. Kimbirl 

2820 Sunset Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marbry 

Badin, N. C. 
Banks Sam Kell, Jr. 

Box 206, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Belk P. S. Snipes 

1015 Choyce Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Benton Heights Jack Morrison 

601 Griffin St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. 
Bethel . J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Beulah E. H. Webb 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 
Biscoe C. R. Poole 

Biscoe, N. C. 
Brainerd Marvin McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C. 
Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason 

811 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Camden D. E. Phillips 

Rt. 3 

Wadesboro, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 
Albemarle, N. C. 

C. 0. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Odus Doster 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Sarah Reid 
Rt. 4, Box 332 
Charlotte, N. C. 

James P. Sample 
Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. H. Sitton 

1321 Ordermore Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. E. Beck 

Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 

Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Glenn A. Roberts 

1309 Choyce Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Neal Tucker 

1108 Cherry St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 

Cornelius, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

R. L. Long 
Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 
J. Edgar Maness 
Biscoe, N. C. 

D. A. McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C. 
R. H. Crockford 
2117 McClintock Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Miss Ethel Hildreth 
Rt. 3 
Wadesboro, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian M. C. McKenzie 

Rt. 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 
Central Steele Creek. .. R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte First T. P. Graham 

815 Lamar Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton 

Rt. 3 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Commonwealth E. H. Austin 

1240 Greenwood Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Community Pink Sutton 

Mill St. 
' Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 746 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Cornelius R. A. Atwell 

Cornelius, N. C. 
Covenant J. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Eastminster E. C. Williamson 

1632 Westbury Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
East Monroe Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 
Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan 

1533 N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

410 Entwistle St. 

Hamlet, N. C. 
Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 
Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Hollis Gillis 

Rt. 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 

James Major 

1741 Evergreen Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

K. A. McLeod 

Candor, N. C. 

T. M. Blackwelder 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

W. N. Ward 

202 W. Trade St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Glen Connell 

Peterson Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. M. Fleetwood, Jr. 

5000 Elder Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Carl Henry 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Tom Smith, Jr. 

Rt. 6, Box 789D 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 

Cornelius, N. C. 

W. A. Montgomery 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 

2800 Shenandoah Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. J. Metelli 

1005 Calhoun St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

R. W. Carriker 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Z. R. Little 

2401 Rozelle's Ferry Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 

Pinecroft Industries 

Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 

Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Huntersville JE. F. Kumm J. Mike Dwyer 

Box 115 Huntersville, N. C. 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. Rt. 1, Stanfield, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 1 Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 
Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell Worth Little 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness Daniel J. McCaskill 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1., Candor, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham John M. Foster 

Rt. 7, Box 612 Rt. 10 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. 0. McRae H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. C. Efird Mrs. C. A. Bolt 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay W. D. McKay 

Cognac, N. C. Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. O. Alexander W. R. Freeman 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long Leroy Lakey 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. Rt. 9 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. C. Reid, Jr. Jack M. Threatt 

1222 S. Bigham St. 3218 Tuckaseegee Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison Virgil Henderson 

Wadesboro Rd. 429 Wadesboro Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. Herbert Lee Hargett 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 110 Stonewall Jackson Homes 

Morven W. E. Steagall R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin G. T. Brown 

C.M.R. 544 
Charlotte, N. C. 

New Salem O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 

Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

North Charlotte Joe W. Hardison 

1632 Academy St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. 0. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue Virgil Bratton 

Box 31 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
Philadelphia .E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah T. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
C.M.R. 544 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Miss Va. Barnhardt 
Norwood, N. C. 
Miss Viola Ross 
Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 
H. H. Houston, Jr. 
Pageland, S. C 
William Wicker 
Rt.2 
Hamlet, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
James H. Black 
Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
N. C. Grier 
Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C- 

C. D. Bradford 
Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 
Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Rourk J. C. Watson 

Route 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
St. Paul E. D. Jackson 

2621 Shenandoah Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Salem George Watts 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 
Sardis L. H. Pharr 

P. O. Box 4033 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Seigle Avenue Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Selwyn Avenue I. G. Wallace, Jr. 

205 Wales Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 3. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw. N. C. 
Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 
Smallwood David Cameron 

401 Seldon Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
South Park G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Steele Creek L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 
Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charles Jamerson 

Cordova, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 
Cordova, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 

2504 Laburnum Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Lawrence Phillips 

Rt. 1, Pageland, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 

Rt. 2, Sardis Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. B. Schulken 

832 Seigle Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. E. Elrod 

2921 Westfield Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

E. C. Sullivan, Jr. 

2230 Dickens St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Frank F. White 

316 Melbourn Ct. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

R. F. Bigham 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Barna Allen 

Box 83 

Star,N. C. 



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Churches 

Stephenson- 



Clerk of Session 

.W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 



Sugaw Creek J. P. Robinson 

1324 Biltmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C„ 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Trinity. 



.Harold K. Couch 



Rt.2 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 
Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 
Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue H. Morrison Irwin, Jr. 

1654 Sterling Rd. 
' Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills C. W. Hickman 

2961 Beechnut Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

F. S. Neal, Jr. 
801 Bromley Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

B. L. McQuay 
2235 Winthrop Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

F. W. Haas 

3055 Marlowe Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. W. Brown 

1617 Westbury Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C 

William B. Drumheller 
1511 Westbrook Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

The Two Hundred Fifth 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
July 20, 1954 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Fifth Stated Session in the McQuay Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Rev. H. G. Bedinger, the Moderator, preached the open- 
ing sermon and led the opening prayer. 

History of the McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church — 

The following History of the McQuay Memorial Presbyterian 
Church was read by Rev. M. B. Dudley and was adopted. 

McQUAY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HISTORY 

The McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church is located in the Glen- 
wood Section of Charlotte, three miles west of the heart of the city. 
Only a few members of the Church can remember when this section of 
Tuckaseegee Road was just a muddy lane. It was not until 1917 that 
this community began to grow. It was then that the United States 
Government located Camp Green in this section. At the close of World 
War I, the late Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Linsey established the first Sunday 
School in one of the old camp buildings. From this one chapel, other 
churches have been established. 

In January 1948 the members of an interdenominational group went 
before Mecklenburg Presbytery, meeting in the Mulberry Church, to 
ask that they be organized. Reverend F. S. Johnston of the Paw Creek 
Presbyterian Church acted as spokesman for the group. He presented 
their cause before Presbytery. After much consideration, the Presby- 
tery decided that the time was not right for the organization of a 
Church. Instead a chapel to be known as McQuay, was formed and 
placed under the care of the Wilmore Presbyterian Church. Mr. Guy M. 
Neel, an elder of the Wilmore Church, was chosen to lead the people. 

For two years the members of the chapel looked forward to their 
organization into a Presbyterian Church. At the meeting of Presbytery 
in Albemarle, January 1950, Mr. Neel presented a petition of organi- 
zation. The Reverend W. T. Smith, pastor of Wilmore Church had a 
large part in the organization plans. The date for organization was 
set for February 5, 1950. 



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Prior to their organization, the members of the Chapel met in the 
building given them by Mrs. Jennie McQuay in memory of her son, 
Mr. E. H. McQuay. On February 5, 1950 a Commission from Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery organized the church with fifty-one charter members. 

Having previously been known as McQuay Chapel, it was considered 
fitting to name the Church in honor of a mother and son who were 
among the early leaders. Thus the name McQuay Memorial Presbyte- 
rian Church was chosen. 

Mr. Neel continued as the supply pastor until the last of March 1950. 
The Presbytery secured layworkers until June. For the summer months, 
Mr. J. R. Dail, a student at Union Theological Seminary, served as the 
pastor. 

In the fall of 1950, the congregation sold the land given by Mrs. 
McQuay and purchased the lots now owned by the Church. The Rev- 
erend Walter Baker became a temporary supply for the Church in 
November 1950. 

Until a temporary building could be erected on the new property, 
Sunday school classes were held in the homes of some of the members, 
and the preaching services were held in the St. James Methodist Church. 

In the spring of 1951, a frame structure was purchased from the' 
city of Charlotte and made ready for use as a temporary sanctuary. 
The ground breaking for the present building was held on July 4, 1951. 
The first services to be held in the new Church were on March 9, 1952. 
Since then the women of the Church have purchased an organ, and the 
Men's Club have equipped the hut with kitchen facilities. 

Following the resignation of the Reverend Walter Baker, Mr. Bland 
Dudley was called as pastor. He was ordained and installed on July 11, 
1954. 

The Manse is now under construction on Rogers Street and will soon 
be ready for occupancy. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. 
Yandell, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, R. A. Young. C. M. Boyd, D. K. 
Snyder, W. T. Smith, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, 
S. M. Inman, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. 
Thompson, W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whitley, T. W. MacLean; J. A. Carri- 
ker, H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison; C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. 
Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, Watt M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana 
Waters, 0. M. Whitener, W. J. Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, 
Roy E. Hoke, F. C. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, 
M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, W. M. Boyce, Jr., H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. 
Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, S. W. 
Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, James R. Crook, Crawford 
A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, C. Don Coffey, I. Howard Chad- 
wick, W. S. Boyce, Dwight L. Barker, Richard V. Colen, M. B. Dudley, 
Fred C. Holder, W. F. Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, D. C. Caldwell, Vance 
Baucom — 67. 

Ruling Elders — Albert Lowery, Altan; L. D. Campbell, Amity; J. E. 
White, Banks; George W. Hager, Belk Memorial; Curtis Moore, Benton 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 15 



Heights; Ralph B. Knox, Bethel; Buford A. Price, Bethlehem; C. R. 
Poole, Biscoe; M. L. McGill, Brainerd; M. B. Query, Caldwell Memorial; 
Jesse W. Morris, Camden; J. C. Hawfield, Camp Greene; T. M. Black- 
welder, Central Steele Creek; Morgan B. Spier, Jr., Charlotte First; 
D. F. Gilchrist, Clanton Memorial; E. H. Austin, Commonwealth; S. B. 
McClure, Cook's Memorial; W. R. Goodrum, Cornelius; Emmett W. 
Shackelford and J. B. Kuykendall, Jr., Covenant; William A. Sholin, 
Eastminster; Grady Williams, East Monroe; Ralph Cox, Ellerbe; R. W. 
Blackwelder, Forest Hills; A. R. Shaw, Jr., Hopewell; H. E. Whitener, 
Huntersville; W. J. Lee, Indian Hill; E. J, Stinson, Indian Trail; L. Jack 
Little, Locust; John Ray Maness, Macedonia; Vester McLaughlin, Mal- 
lard Creek; J. W, Russell, Matthews; L. C. Keener, Jr., McGee; H. W. 
Hoover, McQuay Memorial; C. A. McFayden, Mt. Carmel; Frank M. 
Nash, Mt. Gilead; John F. Eggleston, Mulberry; C. E. Brewer, Jr., 
Myers Park; W. L. Howie, North Charlotte; F. A. Wentz, Norwood; 

A. S. Cathey, Paw Creek; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; Roy A. Whitley, 
Plaza; L. M, Rea, Providence; John G. Caldwell, Ramah; Grover Furr, 
Ridgecrest; B. R. Howell, St. Andrews; 0. P. Crowder, St. Paul; C. R. 
Hutchison, Sardis; Frank L. Lander, Selwyn Ave.; W. Frank Black, 
Sharon; R. M. Falls, South Park; T. W. Neely, Steele Creek; Herbert 
Brown, Star; Al Worth Stinson, Stephenson; C. W. Wilson, Sugaw 
Creek; C. C. Hawkins, Sunset Hills; C. L. Elliott, Tenth Avenue; James 

B. Summerville, Thomasboro; Fred A. Henninger, Trinity; Jason Black- 
well, Troy; J. C. Richardson, Turner; D. F. Garris, Wadesboro; J. H. 
Starnes, Walkersville; S. Bruce Wingate, West Avenue; John C. Plaxco, 
Westminster; J. B. Armstrong, Westover Hills; E. W. McKnight, Wil- 
liams Memorial; Theodore A. Greene, Wilmore — 69. 

Ruling- Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following Ministers were introduced to the Presby- 
tery and invited to sit as visiting brethren; W. F. Mitchell, 
Mississippi Valley Presbytery of the Associate Reformed 
Presbyterian Church; W. T. Taylor, St. Lawrence Baptist 
Church. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — Ruling Elder James B. Kuykendall, 
Jr., Moderator Nominee, was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following Re- 
port of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted : 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
follow the printed docket with the following modifications: 

1. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 1 P.M. and reconvene at 
2 P.M. 

Rev. M. B. Dudley 
Rev. H. G. Bedinger 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr. 



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THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator, Rev. H. G. 

Bedinger. 

2. Memorials. 

3. History of the McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church — Rev. M. B. 

Dudley. 

4. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduc- 

tion of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Ruling Elder J. B. Kuykendall, Nominee. 

6. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. M. B. Dudley. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

8. Communications. 

9. Season of Prayer. 

10. Report of Commissions. 

1. Commission of the Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

11. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Reports of Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

14. Reports of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

15. Unfinished Business. 

16. Report of Commissioners to the General Assembly. 

17. New Business. 

18. Next Meeting. (Cook's Memorial Church.) 

19. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

20. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

21. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Chairman; Rev. M. B. 
Prince, J. W. Flowe and Roy A. Whitley. 

2. Installations: Rev. James Crook, Chairman; Rev. W. M. Walsh, 
Bruce Wingate and Charles E. Brewer, Jr. 



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3. Judicial Business: Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, Chairman; Rev. J. W. 
Grier, Morgan Speir and Frank T. Lander. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. Howard Chadwick, Chairman; Rev. Dana 
Waters, Vester McLaughlin and L. M. Rea. 

5. Records of Presbytery: Rev. Roswell Long, Chairman; Rev. Sam 
Inman, Fred Henninger and Ernest Austin. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following Ministers requesting excuse for absence 
from this meeting of Presbytery: Rev. Sheldon F. Koesy, Rev. Miles 
Strupl, Rev. J. A. Jones, Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff, Rev. R. G. Balnicky, 
Rev. R. F. Boyd, Rev. Robert Turner, Rev. Ben F. Moore, Rev. Jonas 
Barclay, Rev. C. H. Little, Rev. W. G. Workman, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, 
Rev. F. R. McAlister and Rev. Carl S. Miller. The requests were granted. 

2. From the Rev. Milos Strupl offering his resignation as a member 
of the Committee on Homes. The resignation was accepted. 

3. From the Session of Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church expressing 
their appreciation for the faithful labors of Rev. C. M. Boyd. Received 
as information. 

4. From the Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. requesting permission to labor 
outside the bounds of Presbytery for the purpose of teaching Bible at 
Davidson College. The request was granted. 

5. From the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly advising the 
Presbytery of the Assembly's recommendations relative to the vote of 
Church Union. The vote was docketed for the January Meeting of Pres- 
bytery. A Committee of six was appointed to study the matter and 
lead the discussion. (See report of the Nominating Committee.) 

6. From the Trustees of Presbytery requesting approval of their 
action in executing a general permit to the Southern Bell Telephone and 
Telegraph Co. which grants to them a right-of-way for the direction 
and maintenance of its line along the dividing line between the property 
conveyed to the Trustees by the George Goodyear Co. and the Massie 
property adjoining the same on the Westerly side, as recorded in deed 
book 1670, page 218. The request was granted. 

Special Prayer — Rev. S. M. Glasgow led the Presbytery in 
prayer for the following members who are sick: Rev. C. H. 
Little, Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff, Rev. Jonas Barclay. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — The fol- 
lowing Report of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to record. 

REPORT OF COMMISSION ON MINISTER AND HIS WORK 

Since the last meeting of Presbytery your Commission on the Min- 
ister and His Work has transacted the following business: 

1. Dissolved the relationship existing between Rev. Gilbert Kirck- 
hoff and the Tenth Avenue Church; and the relationship existing be- 
tween Rev. Milos Strupl and the Marshville Church. 



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2. Approved calls for the services of Rev. Hugh Jefferson at South 
Park Church; Rev. Clifford Caldwell at St. Andrews Church; for Rev. 
J. S. Garner at Forest Hill Church; for Rev. J. Leo Hall at Bethlehem 
Church. 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Report of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To ordain and install Rev. M. B. Dudley. 

July 11, 1954 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery at the Spring- 
session to ordain and install Mr. Bland Dudley, pastor of the McQuay 
Memorial Church met at the Church, Sunday, July 11, 7:50 P.M. Meeting 
was constituted with prayer by Rev. W. T. Smith. Rev. F. S. Johnston 
was elected secretary. Rev. R. H. Stone, D.D., chairman, presided. 

The commission subsequently, met with the evening congregation 
and the following order of procedure followed. After singing the hymn 
"Come, Thou Almighty King," the Scripture, Acts 2:37-47 was read by 
Ruling Elder J. C. Reid, Jr. followed with prayer by Rev. F. S. Johnston. 
Rev. Eugene D. Witherspoon, Th.D. of St. Andrews Covenant Church, 
Wilmington, by request preached the sermon, using as the subject "The 
Secret of a Growing Church." The constitutional questions were read 
by Rev. F. S. Johnston. Laying on of the hands of Presbytery was fol- 
lowed by ordination and installation prayer led by Dr. Witherspoon. It 
now being in order, the chairman declared Mr. Dudley duly elected, 
ordained and installed, pastor of the church. 

Charge to the new pastor was made by Rev. W. T. Smith, and charge 
to the congregation by Ruling Elder, Dr. W. C. Robinson. 

Following the singing of the hymn, "Lead On, King Eternal," the 
congregation was dismissed with the benediction by Rev. Mr. Dudley. 

Immediately after the service the commission met — minutes were 
approved and Dr. Witherspoon led the closing prayer. 

Members of the commission: Rev. R. H. Stone, D.D., Rev. W. T. 
Smith, Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. Eugene D. Witherspoon, Th.D., Elder 
C. W. Robinson, M.D., Elder J. C. Reid, Jr. and Elder R. E. L. Prather. 

(Signed) F. S. Johnston, Secretary 

2. To ordain and install Rev. Fred C. Holder. 

The Commission appointed to ordain and install Rev. Fred C. Holder, 
pastor of Ramah Presbyterian Church met in the Session Room of the 
church at 7:30 P.M., July 11, 1954. 

The Chairman of the Commission, Rev. Steward W. Yandle, led the 
Commission in prayer. Rev. H. G. Bedinger was appointed secretary. 
The other members present were Rev. Roy F. Whitley, Rev. J. W. Grier 
and Elders L. Mayes and T. L. Kerns. 

Rev. H. S. Robinson, a member of the Commission on the Minister 
and His Work, presented the approval of the Commission for the call of 
the Ramah Church for the pastoral services of Mr. Holder and pre- 
sented the call of the church to him. This he accepted. 



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The Commission then united with the congregation of Ramah Church 
in a service of worship led by the retiring pastor, Rev. J. W. Grier. 
After a devotional service, Dr. Grier introduced the members of the 
Commission and turned the service over to the Chairman, Rev. Stewart 
Yandle. A sermon was preached by Rev. Roy F. Whitley on the subject, 
" " from 

Mr. Yandle then briefly recited the proceedings of Presbytery pre- 
paratory to the ordination of Mr. Holder; pointed out the nature and 
importance of the ordinance and the solemnity of the transaction. He 
then proposed to him the ordination vows and the questions for instal- 
lation as pastor, all of which he answered in the affirmative. The con- 
gregation answered their questions in the affirmative. Mr. Holder then 
knelt and all members of Presbytery present engaged in the laying on 
of hands and the Chairman led in prayer. The service of ordination was 
completed by the giving of the right hand of fellowship and Mr. Holder 
was declared by the Chairman to be regularly elected, ordained and 
installed Pastor of Ramah Presbyterian Church. 

After a charge to the pastor by Rev. H. G. Bedinger and a charge 
to the congregation by Elder L. Mayes the service was concluded with 
the Benediction by the Pastor. 

While the officers and members of the church were greeting their 
new pastor, the Commission retired, reviewed and approved the Minutes 
and were dismissed with prayer by Dr. Grier. 

Stewart W. Yandle, Chairman 
H. G. Bedinger, Secretary 

3. To install Rev. Andrew A. Allen. 

January 31, 1954 
Report on Commission appointed to install Rev. Andrew Allen as 
pastor of Amay James Presbyterian Church: 

The Commission met on the above date at 7:15 P.M. in a Sunday 
School room at Amay James Church. Those present were Mr. Rufas 
Grier, chairman, Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Elder Luther 
Goodwin. Mr. Grier led in prayer. At the church service in the Sanctu- 
ary Rev. R. H. Stone presided and propounded the constitutional ques- 
tions. Rev. Charles Coles of Bowling Green, Ky., led in prayer. Rev. 
D. E. Wilkinson preached the sermon. Elder Rufus Grier charged the 
minister, and Elder Luther Goodwin charged the congregation. 

Rev. Andrew Allen was duly installed according to the requirements 
of the Book of Church Order. 

Rev. Andrew Allen pronounced the benediction. The Commission 

returned to the Sunday School room where the minutes were read and 

approved. Rev. William Reeves, Division of Negro Work, Atlanta, led 
the closing prayer. 

David E. Wilkinson, Secretary of Commission 

4. To install Rev. Richard V. Colen. 

To install the Rev. Richard V. Colen at Amity Presbyterian Church: 
The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery to install the Rev. Richard 
V. Colen as pastor of the Amity Presbyterian Church met in the Sunday 
School room of the church on Sunday evening, April 25, 1954. Members 



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present were the Rev. E. B. Cooper, Chairman, the Rev. Sam H. Zealy, 
the Rev. W. H. Johnston, Dr. C. G. McClure, Dr. C. W. Robinson, Elder 
of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, and Elder Carl W. Fincher of 
Amity Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission was constituted with prayer by Dr. C. W. Robinson. 
The Rev. Sam Zealy was elected secretary. The following parts were 
assigned: Mr. Cooper to preside and propound the constitutional ques- 
tions; Mr. Zealy to preach; Dr. McClure to charge the pastor; Dr. Rob- 
inson to charge the congregation. Mr. Johnston to pray. 

The Commission then moved to the sanctuary and engaged in wor- 
ship with the congregation. Mr. Cooper presided and Mr. Zealy preached 
the sermon upon the text. Col. 1:17 "And He is the head of the body, 
the church." Topic: "The Head of the Church." 

The Commission then proceeded to install the Rev. Richard V. Colen 
as pastor of the Amity Presbyterian Church. Mr. Cooper propounded 
the constitutional questions. Dr. McClure charged the Pastor, Dr. C. W. 
Robinson charged the Congregation. Mr. Johnston concluded the instal- 
lation with prayer. After the singing of a hymn the worship service was 
concluded with the benediction by Mr. Cohen, the new pastor. 

While the members of the congregation congratulated the newly 
installed pastor, the Commission retired to the Sunday School Room. 
The minutes were read and approved. The Commission was adjourned 
with prayer by Mr. Cooper. 

E. B. Cooper, Chairman 
Sam Zealy, Secretary 

5. To organize Forest Hill Church. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to organize 
a church on Woodlawn Road met in the Woodlawn School on June 6, 
1954 at 10:30 A.M. The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, 
Mr. Rufus A. Grier, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Roswell C. 
Long. Other members of the Commission present were: Revs. J. S. Gar- 
ner, Jr., Jonas Barclay, W. S. Boyce, R. H. Stone and Elders C. W. Gil- 
christ, Beaumert Whitton and Irwin Belk. Rev. R. H. Stone was asked 
to serve as clerk. 

The first matter of business was the reception of members. The fol- 
lowing were received by letters from other churches: Mrs. W. McG. 
Buck, Mr. and Mrs. Z. R. Little, Mr. and Mrs. John Leake, Jr., Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank N. Littlejohn, Mr. and Mrs. Danile Ray, III, Mrs. Lawrence 
B. Helms, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Neely, Sr., Harry L. Neely, Jr., George 
O. Neely, Romas T. White, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lawing, Jr., Mr. and 
Mrs. David White, Mr. and Mrs. T. Melvin Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. 
Blackwelder, Jr., Brenda Kay Blackwelder, Roger W. Blackwelder, III, 
Robert T. Blackwelder, Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Foard, Mr. and Mrs. 
Calvin Sloan, Alyce Foard, Jean Foard, Mr. and Mrs. D. Lawrence 
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Zell, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Brown, Jr., Mrs. 
B. H. Mayberry, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Blackwelder, Sr., Francis B. Gar- 
ner, Walter L. Blackwelder, Mrs. J. Samuel Garner, Mrs. Carl S. John- 
son, Mrs. W. L. Garmon, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis A. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. 
D. S. MacRae, Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Atkinson, Jr., Mrs. J. E. Black- 
welder, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Southerland and Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Aber- 
nethy. 



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These were received pending the reception of their letters: Mr. and 
Mrs. M. L. Harkey, Jr., Mrs. S. H. Grainger, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Black- 
welder, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Jack I. Patterson, Mr. 
and Mrs. Carl T. Patterson, Geraldine Blackwelder, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. 
Blackwelder, Edwin Connor Blackwelder, E. L. Nance, William F. Arras, 
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. Ira T. Yopp, Jr., R. L. Wood- 
cock, Mr. J. E. Blackwelder and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Blackwelder. 

The Commission entered into the auditorium and joined with the 
congregation in a service of worship led by the Chairman. Rev. Roswell 
C. Long preached the sermon, the subject being "The Church." Atten- 
tion was called to the fact that a church was being organized on the 
anniversary of Pentecost, 

Rev. J. S. Garner, Jr. had charge of the reception of members com- 
ing by statement, by profession of faith and baptism, Mr. Carl S. John- 
son and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lumley were received by statement. Mrs. 
William F. Arras and Mr. William Henry Blackwelder were received by 
profession of faith; and by profession of faith and baptism came Mr. 
Lawrence B. Helms, Jr. 

Mr. Grier asked the Covenant Vows and declared the group "con- 
stitute a church according to the Word of God and the faith and order 
of the Presbyterian Church in the United States." The congregation 
elected to be known as The Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. 

The congregation voted to elect nine elders and nine deacons and 
adopted the rotary system. An officer was not to succeed himself until 
there had been a lapse of one year. The officers were to determine w^ho 
would be in the various classes. 

The following were elected, ordained (in cases of the unordained), 
and installed Elders: Messrs. Calvin Sloan, Harrv L. Neelv, R. W. 
Blackwelder, Sr., Martin L. Harkey, E. L. Blackwelder, Frank N. Lit- 
tlejohn, David A. White, Romas T. White and Henry B. Foard. 

The following were elected and installed Deacons: Messrs. T. Mel- 
vin Cook, Roger W. Blackwelder and Z. R. Little. Mr. E. L. Nance, an 
ordained Deacon was elected but was not present for installation. These 
were elected, ordained and installed: Messrs. A. G. Brown, Jr., J. C. 
Southerland, J. A. Zell, Dan Ray, III and John Leake, Jr. 

The charge to the officers was given by Mr. Beaumert Whitton. Mr. 
C. W. Gilchrist charged the congregation and Mr. Irwin Belk expressed 
the greetings of the Presbytery to the new congregation. 

The date for the closing of the charter membership roll was the 
day when it contained one hundred communicants. Rev. J. S, Garner, 
Jr, was appointed temporary supply. Mr. Garner pronounced the bene- 
diction, after which the Commission approved its minutes and was ad- 
journed at 2 P.M. with a prayer by the Chairman. 

R. A. Grier, Chairman 
R, H, Stone, Clerk 

6. To organize W. H. Belk Church. 
MINUTES OF THE COMMISSION TO ORGANIZE THE W. H. BELK 
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

On May 2, 1954 at 10:30 A.M. the Commission appointed to organize 
The W. H. Belk Presbyterian Church met in one of the Sunday School 



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rooms of the Church. The following were present: Revs. Jonas Barclay, 
R. H. Stone and Cecil Lawrence; Elders Vance Baucom, Beaumert Whit- 
ton, Irwin Belk, W. E. Price and Rufus A. Grier, Chairman. The meet- 
ing was opened with prayer. Rev. R. H. Stone was elected clerk. 

These members were received into The W. H. Belk Presbyterian 
Church by transfer: Mrs. J. W. Allred, W. H. Allred, Ruth Allred and 
Mrs. C. E. Kay, from the South Park Presbyterian Church; Mr. and 
Mrs. P. S. Snipes, from the West Avenue Presbyterian Church; Mr. 
George W. Hager, Fairfield Methodist Church; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. 
Rigsbee, Ebenezer A.R.P. Church; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bryant, Pritchard 
Memorial Baptist Church; Mrs. W. L. Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. 
McKain, Glenwood A.R.P. Church; Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Davis, Wil- 
liams Memorial Presbyterian Church; Mr. Paul J. Farmer, First Chris- 
tian Church; Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Biggs, Jr., Tabernacle A.R.P. Church; 
Mr. Paul Wentz, Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church; Mrs. C. B. Yan- 
dell and Mr. C. B. Yandell, Jr., Church of The Holy Comforter; Mrs. 
August Tuck, Wesleyan Methodist; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nixon, Haw- 
thorne Lane Methodist; Mrs. Mary Roberts, Northside Presbyterian 
Church, Gastonia; Mr. tlohn W. Zeigler, Camp Greene Presbyterian. 

The following were received pending the reception of their letters or 
by statement: Mrs. Esther Honbarger, Bethel Methodist; Mr. and Mrs. 
A. W. Barnes, Southside Baptist Church; Mr. Victor J. Carpenter, First 
Baptist, York, S. C; Mrs. Evelyn Hill Carpenter, Trinity Methodist, 
York, S. C; Mrs. Johnny R. Autry, Commonwealth Baptist; Mrs. Louise 
C. Ward, East Lake Christian Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Asheboro, 
N. C; Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Goodin, Woodlawn Baptist; Mr. Arthur S. 
Chesser Wesley Heights Methodist; Mr. L. J. Burris, West Albemarle 
Baptist; Mrs. Charles Patterson, St. John Methodist; Mrs. Janet Zeigler, 
Sandy Level Baptist; Mrs. Nettie Biggers, Sandy Plain Baptist and Mrs. 
Helen Mumford, Gospel Tabernacle, Asheville. 

The roll for charter membership was to be kept open until July 20th. 

The Commission joined with the congregation in a service of wor- 
ship in the sanctuary. With Mr. Grier presiding. Rev. J. Cecil Law- 
rence preached from the text "The Church in God." 

Additional members were received by statement and reaffirmation of 
their faith: Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Conrad, Mrs. August Tuck, and Mr. 
Irwin Mumford. 

These were received by a profession of faith and baptism, where it 
had not already been administered: Mr. Arthur Honbarger, Mrs. George 
Hager, Mr. Ralph Ward, Mr. J. H. Allred, Miss Susan E. Allred, Mrs. 
A. S. Chesser, Miss Peggy Barnes, Miss Becky Barnes, Mrs. L. J. 
Burris, Mr. Marshall Merritt, Mr. Odie Rigdon Heath, III, Mr. Wilbur 
Snipes, Mr. William Snipes, Mr. Jack E. Biggers, Mr. Glenn Roberts, 
Mr, J. T. Autry, Miss Virginia Neighbors, Miss Betty Simpson, Miss 
Sue Simpson, Mrs. Novella Fox, Mr. George Yandell, Miss Barbara 
Yandell (the two latter were baptized in infancy), Mrs. Jerome Bau- 
com, Mr. Ray Baucom, Mr. Jerry Tuck, Mr. Raymond Tuck, Mrs. Ray- 
mond Tuck, Mr. Leonard Conrad and Miss Linda Conrad. 

The following officers were elected and installed: Elders P. S. Snipes, 
George W. Hager and A. W. Barnes; Deacons: Arthur Honbarger, Ray 
Goodin, Leonard Conrad, Jack Biggers, Glenn Roberts and Irwin Mum- 



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ford. Paul J. Farmer was elected an Elder but was absent and could not 
be ordained. 

Mr. W. E. Price delivered the charge to the officers and Mr. Vance 
Baucom gave the charge to the congregation. Mr. Irwin Belk extended 
the greetings of the Presbytery to the new organization. Dr. J. Cecil 
Lawrence was appointed moderator of the session. 

Following the benediction the Commission approved its minutes and 
was adjourned with prayer. 

R. A. Grier, Chairman 
R. H. Stone, Secretary 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education made the following Report 
which was adopted. 

The Committee on ministerial education would introduce Mr. Clifford 
Douglas Caldwell and Mr. Vance Baucom, candidates for the Gospel 
Ministry who present themselves to Mecklenburg Presbytery for exami- 
nation leading to their licensure. 

Mr. Clifford Douglas Caldwell has completed his theological training* 
at Union Theological Seminary and comes to us by transfer as a 
candidate from Holsten Presbytery, Synod of Virginia. His thesis on 
"Predestination: Calvin vs. Arminias," and his exegesis of Isaiah 
52:13 — 53:12 have both been reviewed and approved. For his sermon, 
he will preach on "A Priceless Inheritance" from II Timothy 1:6-7. Mr. 
Caldwell has been called to the St. Andrews Church. 

Mr. Vance Baucom, candidate under the extraordinary case clause 
has completed two years at Union Theological Seminary as an English 
student. By virtue of his special status as a candidate, he is not re- 
quired to present an exegesis of a passage of Scripture. His thesis 
written on "The Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit" has been 
read and approved. He will preach his sermon on the subject: "The Ad- 
vocate" from John 14. Mr. Baucom has been called to the W. Henry 
Belk Church. 

We recommend both of these men to Mecklenburg Presbytery for 
licensure, and following Presbytery's approval of their trial parts that 
the calls be placed in their hands. (NB par 137 B Ch 0.) 

The following young men have asked to be received as candidates 
for the Gospel Ministry under care of Mecklenburg Presbytery: 

1. Mr. Arthur McKee Dye, Jr. (born Sept. 26, 1935) a member of 
the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charlotte and a sopho- 
more at Davidson College. 

2. Mr. Leslie Austen Everett, Jr. (born Nov. 8, 1933) a member of 
the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, N. C, and a Junior at Guilford 
College. 

3. Mr. James Preston Sample, III (born June 1, 1935) a member of 
the Amity Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, and a sophomore at Duke 
University. 

4. Mr. James Hoyt Sell, Jr. (born October 6, 1936) a member of the 
First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, N. C, who will enter Davidson 
College this fall as a freshman. 



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These men have met with your committee and we are satisfied as 
to their Christian character, personality, vocational fitness and the 
physical, mental and spiritual qualifications. Their references and testi- 
monials were highly commendatory. 

We recommend that they be received under care of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery pending approval of their examination on experimental 
religion and their statements of motives for seeking the Gospel min- 
istry. 

Fathers and Brethren: 

Mecklenburg Presbytery now has 44 candidates under her care for 
the Gospel Ministry, with two additional candidates in preparation for 
lay service. We would emphasize the continual need for challenging the 
youth of our Presbytery with the call of Christ to Christian service. 
"The fields are white unto harvest and the laborers are few." 

Following a contact with all of our candidates by mail, Mr. Samuel 
B. Schulken, Jr., has requested that his status be changed from "candi- 
date for the ministry" to "candidate for lay service." Mr. Schulken 
who is unusually talented musically feels he is called to serve in the 
field of music, and would prepare himself as an organist-choir director. 
He plans attending the Westminster Choir College. 

Mr. George Edward Melton and William C. Washam have both asked 
to be dropped from the roll of candidates — they being under the pres- 
ent conviction that they can serve our Lord best as consecrated laymen. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Education therefore recommends: 

1. That the status of Samuel B. Schulken, Jr. be changed from 
"candidate for the ministry" to "candidate for lay service." 

2. That George Edward Melton and William C. Washam be dropped 
from the roll of candidates. 

G. Dana Waters, Chairman 
Committee on Ministerial Education 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Ministers Received — The following Ministers seeking mem- 
bership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented certificates of 
transfer: Rev. W. F. Mitchell of the Mississippi Valley Pres- 
bytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; and 
Rev. W. T. Taylor of the St. Lawrence Baptist Church, In- 
verness, Mississippi. Their certificates of transfer were found 
in order and the Presbytery proceeded to examine the Min- 
isters in accordance with the provisions of the Book of Church 
Order. The examination was approved as satisfactory and 
they were enrolled upon the signing of the Covenant. 

A Call for the services of Rev. W. F. Mitchell from the 
Sunset Hills Church was placed in his hands and accepted by 
him. A Commission was appointed to install him. (See Report 
of the Committee on Installations.) 

The Rev. W. T. Taylor will work under the Sub-Committee 



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on Home Missions in the Brookhill-Southside Homes area of 
the city of Charlotte. 

A Call for the services of the Rev. J. S. Garner from the 
Forest Hills Church was placed in his hands and accepted by 
him. A Commission was appointed to install him. (See Re- 
port of Committee on Installations.) 

Candidates Examined for Licensure and Ordination — The 

Committee on Ministerial Education presented the following 
Candidates for Licensure and Ordination: Mr. Clifford D. 
Caldwell who was received into the Presbytery as a Candidate 
for the Gospel Ministry from Holston Presbytery, and Mr. 
Vance Baucom, a candidate under the care of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery. Being satisfied with the recommendations of the 
Committee the Presbytery proceeded to the examination of 
the Candidates for Licensure and Ordination in accordance 
with the provisions of the Book of Church Order. 

Recess — The hour for lunch having arrived the Presby- 
tery took recess at 1 P.M. to reconvene at 2 P.M. Rev. Watt 
M. Cooper led in prayer. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and was led in prayer by 
Mr. Vance Baucom. 

Moderator Nominated— The Rev. Warner L. Hall was 
elected Moderator-Nominee for the next meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

Examination Continued — The examination of Mr. Baucom 
and Mr. Caldwell was resumed. Mr. Baucom preached his ser- 
mon from the text John 14:18-26. The subject was "The Ad- 
vocate." 

Mr. Caldwell preached his sermon from the text H Tim- 
othy 1:3-14 using as his subject "A Priceless Inheritance." 
The examination as a whole was approved as satisfactory. 

A Call for the services of Mr. Clifford D. Caldwell from 
the St. Andrews Church was placed in his hands and ac- 
cepted by him. A Commission was appointed to Ordain and 
Install him. (See Report of Committee on Installations.) 

A Call for the services of Mr. Vance Baucom from the 
W. H. Belk Church was placed in his hands and accepted by 



26 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



him. A Commission was appointed to Ordain and Install him. 
(See Report of Committee on Installations.) 

Candidates Received — The Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presented the following young men who are seeking to 
be taken under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery as Can- 
didates for the Gospel Ministry: Arthur McKee Dye, Jr., of 
the Caldwell Memorial Church; Leslie Austin Everett, Jr., of 
the First Church, Monroe, N. C. and James Preston Sample, 
III, of the Amity Church, Charlotte, N. C. Upon the recom- 
mendation of the Committee the Presbytery proceeded to 
their examination in accordance with the provisions of the 
Book of Church Order. The examination was approved as sat- 
isfactory and they were received under the care of the Pres- 
bytery as Candidates for the Gospel Ministry. 

The Rev. Charles G. McClure gave the Charge to the Can- 
didates. The Rev. R. F. Whitley led in the prayer of dedication. 

The Committee was commended by Presbytery for its ex- 
cellent work. 

Report of Committee on Nominations — The Committee on 
Nominations made the following report which was adopted. 

Your Committee on Nominations recommends that the following 
Committee be appointed to lead the discussions on Church Union at the 
January meeting. 

Dr. M. T. Gilmour, Chairman, Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, Rev. Sam M. 
Inman, Rev. Charles G. McClure, Rev. S. H. Zealy, and Mr. A. R. Shaw. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The following report of 
Presbytery's Council was read and adopted. 

Presbytery's Council met in the office of the Executive Secretary on 
Friday, July 16, at 2:30. Dr. L. I. Stell, chairman of the Committee on 
Full-time Chaplain for Presbyterian Hospital, reported conversations 
with the administration, members of the hospital staff, and Dr. C. M. 
Boyd, hospital visitor. Definite recommendations will be presented to 
the Presbytery at a later date. 

The Council recommends: 

1. That Presbytery accept the benevolent askings for Assembly and 
Synod causes of $406,629. This represents the largest Presbyterial ask- 
ing in the Synodical benevolent budget of $1,627,928. 

2. That the Presbytery appoint a "Forward With Christ" Committee 
in response to the request of The General Council and in cooperation 
with Assembly's program. The General Council suggests that the Chair- 
man of Stewardship and Executive Secretary be members of this com- 
mittee. 

W. M. Boyce, Chairman 



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Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted. 

In compliance with the requests of the men to be installed and or- 
dained by the Presbytery in the near future the following recommenda- 
tions are made: 

1. The following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to or- 
dain and install Mr. Vance Baucom as pastor of the W. H. Beik Pres- 
byterian Church on Sunday, July 25, 7:30 P.M.: The Rev. W. S. Boyce 
to charge the pastor; Dr. R. H. Stone to preside and propound the con- 
stitutional questions; Dr. Cecil Lawrence to preach the sermon; Elder 
J. B. Kuykendall to charge the congregation; Alternates: The Rev. 
Bland Dudley and Elder George Hager. 

2. That the following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to 
ordain and install Mr. Clifford D. Caldwell as pastor of the St. Andrews 
Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 1, at 8 P.M: The Rev. Dana 
Waters to preside and propound the constitutional questions; The Rev. 
George Feltcher to charge the minister; Elder James E. Williams to 
charge the congregation; Alternates: The Rev. Stewart Yandell, The 
Rev. Bland Dudley and Elder Garry Todd. And further that Dr. Thomas 
Fry, pastor of First Presbyterian Church ot Bristol, Tennessee, Hol- 
ston Presbytery, be invited to preach the sermon. 

3. That the following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery 
to install the Rev. W. F. Mitchell as pastor of the Sunset Hills Presby- 
terian Church on Sunday, July 25, 8 r.lVi.: Dr. W. ivi. Boyce to presiae 
and propound the constitutional questions; Dr. C. M. Boyd to charge 
the pastor; The Rev. R. M. Kerr to preach the sermon; Elder R. A. 
Grier to charge the congregation, and Elder W. E. Price to lead the 
installation prayer. 

4. That the following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to 
install the Rev. J. S. Garner as pastor of the Forest Hill Presbyterian 
Church on Sunday, September 12, 8 P.M.: Dr. R. C. Long to preside 
and propound the constitutional questions; Dr. James A. Jones to 
preach the sermon; Dr. R. H. Stone to charge the pastor; Elder James 
B. Kuykendall to charge the congregation, and Elder W. E. Price, 
alternate. And that this committee be given authority to change date 
if need be. 

5. That a quorum of the Commissions 1 and 2 above be three Min- 
isters and an Elder. 

6. That a quorum of Commissions in 3 and 4 above be two Minis- 
ters and an Elder. 

Report of Committee on Presbytery's Records — The Com- 
mittee on Presbytery's Records made the following report 
which was adopted. 

Your Committee finds the records in excellent order and commends 
the Clerks for their diligence. 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery meeting in 205th stated session at McQuay 



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Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, July 20, 1954, expresses its 
earnest gratitude and sincere appreciation to the host pastor, the Rev. 
M. B. Dudley, and the members of McQuay Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, for their courteous hospitality and careful attention to our 
manifold needs. 

The Presbytery also rejoices with the members of McQuay Memorial 
Church in every evidence of God's mercy in past achievements and as- 
sures these members and their pastor of continued prayerful interest. 

The Presbytery also extends fraternal greeting and welcome to Min- 
isters received into Presbytery, and to Ministerial Candidates taken 
under care of Presbytery on this date, and promises to each our heart- 
felt prayer and sincere interest in their future service to Christ and 
His Church. 

It is suggested that copies of these resolutions be sent to the pastor 
of McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church to be conveyed in turn to 
his congregation; and to each new Minister received and ministerial 
candidates taken under care of Presbytery. 

Vester McLaughlin 

L. M. Rea 

Rev. Dana Waters 

Rev. Howard Chadwick, Chairman 

Judicial Business — An agreement was reached in the mat- 
ter of a complaint made by Mr. J. B. Wallace against the Ses- 
sion of the East Monroe Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery 
instructed the Session of the East Monroe Church to restore 
Mr. Wallace to the Church roll as a member in good standing 
and asked that no more citations be issued to him. Mr. Wal- 
lace was instructed to move his membership to some other 
Church and to desist from stirring up dissension in the 
Church. 

Report of Commissioners to the General Assembly — The 

following made their reports to the Presbytery of their expe- 
riences at the last meeting of the General Assembly: Rev. 
C. H. Rowan, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Rev. M. G. Lyerly, Rev. 
W. L. Hall, Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit, Ruling Elders, Vester Mc- 
Laughlin and H. H. Everett. The report was received as in- 
formation and the Commissioners were commended for their 
diligence. 

Motion on Procedure for January Meeting — The Presby- 
tery adopted the following motion: that for the meeting of 
the Presbytery in January 1955 to which has been docketed 
the matter of a vote on Church Union, the Presbytery not 
extend invitations to, or grant the privileges of the floor to, 
any representative of our own denomination from any other 



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Presbytery, or from the Presbyterian Church in the United 
States of America, or from the United Presbyterian Church 
or any other representative of any other denomination. 

Place of Next Meeting — An invitation from the Session of 
the Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church for the next meet- 
ing of Presbytery was accepted. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by Rev. Henry S. 
Schum to meet at Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Route No. 9, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on September 14, 1954. 

J. B. Kuykendall, Jr., Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



W MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Two Hundred Sixth 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church 
. -4 Route No. 9 

Charlotte, N. C. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Sixth Stated Session in the Cook's Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, Route No. 9, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above 
date. 

The Moderator, Ruling Elder J. B. Kuykendall presided 
and led the opening service of Worship. On the invitation of 
the Moderator, Rev. Robert Turner preached the sermon 
from the text Exodus 4:2. 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated under 
the leadership of Rev. S. M. Hutchison and Rev. F. S. John- 
ston assisted by the elders of the Cook's Memorial Presbyte- 
rian Church. 

Memarial — The following Memorial to Rev. Charles Howie 
Little was read by Rev. J. W. Grier and was adopted. 

MEMORIAL TO REV. CHARLES HOWIE LITTLE, WRITTEN BY 

REV. J. W. GRIER AND READ BEFORE MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY AT ITS 206TH STATED SESSION, 

SEPTEMBER 14, 1954 

Rev. Charles Howie Little, Honorably Retired member of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery, died July 29, 1954 and was buried July 31, 1954 in 
Sharon Presbyterian Church cemetery adjoining the church of which 
he had been pastor for thirty-three years. 

Mr. Little was born in Mecklenburg County near Charlotte, Sep- 
tember 28, 1872. was the son of George Washington Little and Ella 
Elizabeth Howie Little. He married Miss Bonnie Lucy Anderson of 
Etowah, N. C, July 1, 1912. This union was blessed with two sons, 
Lieutenant Commander George Anderson Little, who was killed in the 
service of his country in 1945, and Charles Howie Little of State Col- 
lege, Raleigh, N. C. 



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Mr. Little received his elementary education in the public schools 
of Mecklenburg: County and took his High School work at the Gray 
High School in Huntersville, N. C. He entered Davidson College in 1892 
and graduated from that institution with the degree of A.B. in 1896. 
In the fall of 1897 he entered Princeton Theological Seminary and after 
one year he transferred to Louisville Theological Seminary from which 
he graduated in 1901. He was licensed by Potosi Presbytery July 18, 
1901 and was ordained by the same Presbytery September 25, 1901. 

His first pastorate was New Madrid, Missouri, 1901 to 1906. He 
then came back to North Carolina and was the pastor of Unity, Mac- 
pelah, and Castanea churches in Kings Mountain Presbytery from 1906 
to 1913. In 1913 he became pastor of Sharon Church in Mecklenburg 
Presbytery which church he continued to serve until retirement in 1946. 
During the Sharon pastorate he was also pastor of Carmel and Amity 
Churches from 1913 to 1923. Since retirement Mr. Little has continued 
to be an active preacher. He has supplied many churches, the more 
recent ones being Banks, Rehobeth, Six Mile Creek of the Belk Larger 
Parish. It can be truly said that Charlie Little was a faithful servant 
of his Master. 

History of Cook's Memorial Church — The following His- 
tory of the Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church was read 
by Mrs. George L. Cook and was adopted. 

This community was once a part of the Paw Creek Presbyterian 
Church territory. The minister at Paw Creek in the 1880's, Rev. George 
L. Cook, held a number of services in the community from time to time 
which led to building a chapel in 1887 on what is now Highway 16. There 
this church was organized with thirty-six members on December 19, 
1891, named for its founder, and grouped with the mother church, Paw 
Creek. 

The one-room chapel was used until a new church with four Sunday 
School rooms was built under the leadership of Rev. C. H. Rowan. The 
location was changed to a larger lot, the present site. The members 
contributed timber from which the lumber was sawed, and the men of 
the congregation worked together in building the church. It was started 
in 1922, completed in 1923, and dedicated in 1925 with an impressive 
service. A fellowship hall, known as the Community House, was also 
built in Mr. Rowan's pastorate. 

After a division of the field was made in 1944, a manse was built 
here. Rev. O. C. Williamson, D.D. accepted a call and was installed on 
December 17, 1944 as this church's first full-time pastor. Dr. William- 
son did not spare himself in the work of the church, and it prospered 
in his hands. Three Sunday School rooms were added and other im- 
provements made. Many new homes were being established in the com- 
munity, congregations grew larger, Sunday School rooms overcrowded. 
In the spring of 1950 the congregation elected a Planning and Building 
Committee to consider enlarging the church plant. After careful consid- 
eration, a new church building was recommended and a study of plans 
began. In this the pastor was very interested, but in the spring of 1951 
his health which had been impaired for some time failed, and he re- 
quested a dissolution of the pastoral relationship. A resolution was 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



passed by the congregation expressing to Dr. Williamson deep apprecia- 
tion for all his service as pastor and friend, with gratitude for rich 
spirtual blessings received through his untiring zeal and devotion. Ap- 
preciation was also expressed to Mrs. Williamson for her leadership 
in the Women of the Church and in the Sunday School. Dr. Williamson's 
earthly life ended on October 19, 1951. His influence lives. 

On May 4, 1952 the Rev. Robert W. Rayburn was installed pastor, 
and the work of the church goes forward. 

In the fall preparations for building were intensified. The Commit- 
tee devoted much time, thought, and painstaking work in drawing plans 
best suited to our needs. The Church authorized a special financial cam- 
paign, and a brochure telling the story of our dreams and plans for a 
new church was prepared and distributed. Architectural drawings were 
presented to the congregation and approved. Ground was broken for 
the building on June 7, 1953 after which construction began and moved 
steadily until completed. This building includes the sanctuary and four- 
teen class rooms. It is not merely steel and brick and mortar. Built 
into it are time, talent, means, gifts large and small, hopes, memories, 
prayers — our house of worship built to the glory of God. 

The doors of the new church were opened on March 7, 1954. The first 
sermon in the sanctuary was preached by the pastor on "The True 
Marks of the Church." In his prayer this petition: "Grant, God, that 
the visible church may ever point toward the invisible whose founda- 
tion and chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ." A spirit of loyalty is shown 
in the various organizations within the church — officers, Sunday School, 
Women of the Church, and Youth Fellowship. 

The church lot contains almost eight acres. The church membership 
is 493, the Sundav School enrollment 550. The cost of the church approx- 
imately $114,000.00. We are humbly grateful for material and spiritual 
growth through the sixty-three years of our church's history. 

In the words of the old hymn, "Now thank we all our God with 
heart and hands and voices." May He Who gives the growth be our 
constant Guide. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yan- 
dell, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, R. A. Young, C. M. 
Boyd, D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, 
Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, J. O. Mann, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, 
F. S. Johnston, A. L. Thompson, W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whitley, C. E. S. 
Kraemer, Warner L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, J. A. Carriker, H. S. Rob- 
inson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. Lawrence, H. G. 
Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, Watt M. Cooper, H. V. Carson, H. D. 
Hayward, G. Dana Waters, W. J. Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. Mc- 
Swain, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, L. I. Stell, M. G. 
Lyerly. R. W. Rayburn, W. M. Boyce, Jr., H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, 
R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, J. B. Reaves, G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, 
R. G. Balnicky, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. 
Ferguson, James R. Crook, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. 
Schum, S. W. Hogue, W. G. Workman, C. Don Coffey, I. Howard Chad- 



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wick, Robert Turner, W. S. Boyce, Dwight L. Barker, Andrew A. Allen, 
Richard V. Colen, M. Bland Dudley, Fred C. Holder, W. F. Mitchell, 
W. T. Taylor, Vance Baucom, Hugh M. Jefferson — 80. 

Ruling Elders — J. N. Auten, Albemarle First; James F. Corley, 
Amay James; J. F. Sigmon, Amity; Dan F. Johnson, Avondale; O. V. 
Horton, Benton Heights; W. J. Knox, Bethel; E. H. Webb, Beulah; R. L. 
Medlin, Biscoe; M. B. Query, Caldwell Memorial; Jesse Morris, Camden; 
J. N. Herron, Central Steele Creek; Nat G. Speir, Charlotte First; E. B. 
Clanton, Clanton Memorial; C. C. Austin, Commonwealth; W. D. Mc- 
lure, Cook's Memorial; R. A. Atwell, Cornelius; John M. Little, and 
J. B. Kuykendall, Jr., Covenant; E. J. Chappell, Ellerbe; E. R. Black- 
welder, Forest Hills; J. E. McLauchlin, Hamlet First; G. W. Alexander, 
Hopewell; J. Boyd Montieth, Huntersville; T. A. Biggers, Indian Trail; 
B. W. Alexander, Mallard Creek; J. M. McLauchlin, Mark's Creek; J. W. 
Russell, Matthews; W. O. Johnston, McGee; W. M. Lovin, McLean Me- 
morial; H. W. Hoover, McQuay Memorial; R. A. Morrow, Monroe First; 
W. M. Berryhill, Mulberry; John M. Russell, Newell; W. L. Howie, 
North Charlotte; F. A. Wentz, Norwood; E. O. Ross, Oakboro; H. H. 
Houston, Pageland; J. R. Wingate, Paw Creek; J. W. Flowe, Philadel- 
phia; W. F. Owen, Plaza; T. E. Hoover, Pleasant Hills; L. Carl Harper, 
Providence; C. G. Black, Ramah; G. W. Dry, Ridgecrest; Van Lee Shaw, 
Robinson; H. B. McCoy, Sardis; A. B. Ferguson, Seigle Avenue; J. A. 
Chusman, Selwyn Avenue; T. F. Black, Sharon; James R. Perry, Six 
Mile Creek; Herman L. Clanton, Steele Creek; Herbert Brown, Star; 
Al Worth Stinson, Stephenson; W. Parks Wilson, Sugaw Creek; W. C. 
Washam, Sunset Hills; C. L. Elliott, Tenth Avenue; J. E. Douglas, 
Thomasboro; Ronzo Dennis, Troy; J. C. Richardson, Turner; C. A. 
Bland, Wadesboro; Sinclair M. Cathey, West Avenue; C. G. Sellars, West- 
minster, F. R. McConnell, Williams Memorial — 63. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following Ministers were introduced to Presbytery 
and were invited to sit as visiting brethren: Rev. Hugh M. 
Jefferson, Rev. Henry E. Pressley, Rev. Albert L. Potter, and 
Rev. W. S. Patterson. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. Warner L. Hall, Moderator 
Nominee was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — ^The following 
Report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted. 

The Committee on Arrangements recommends that the 
Presbytery follow the printed Docket with the following mod- 
ifications : 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

1. That the Committee on Annuities and ReKef be granted 
twenty minutes just before lunch to present the Insurance 
plan. 

2. That the Presbytery recess for lunch at 1 P.M. and 
reconvene at 2 P.M. 

3. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 
J. B. Kuykendall 
.4 F. C. Debele, Jr. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator — Rev. Rob- 

ert Turner to preach for the Moderator, Mr. J. B. Kuykendall. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials — Rev. C. H. Little by Rev. J. W. Grier. 

4. History of the Cook's Memorial Church — Rev. R. W. Rayburn. 

5. Enrollment — Members of the Presbytery; Visiting Brethren; Intro- 

duction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Rev. W. L. Hall, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. R. W. Rayburn. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. ^ 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Assembly's Minutes. 

9. Communications. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. Roswell C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

13. Reports of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

3. Nominations — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer. 

4. Homes — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit. 

5. Sub-Committee on Religious Education — Mr. J. B. Kuykendall. 

14. Reports of Standing Committees. (See 8 above.) 

15. Unfinished Business. 



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16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after Lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the Assembly's Youth Council a statement of conviction 
concerning Church Union. This was received as information. 

2. From the Synod of North Carolina a resolution on the Church 
and segregation. This was received as information. 

3. From the Synod of Kentucky, a statement concerning Church 
Union. This was received as information. 

4. From Rev. William E. Phifer, Jr., outlining plans for an inter- 
church pulpit exchange. This was received as information. 

5. From the following Ministers requesting excuse from attendance 
on this meeting of Presbytery: Rev. James A. Jones, Rev. Watt M. 
Cooper, Rev. Clifford D. Caldwell, Rev. R. F. Boyd, Rev. J. G. Kirck- 
hoff. Rev. Jonas Barclay, Rev. Olin M. Whitener. These requests were 
granted. 

6. From Rev, Samuel D. Malony advising the Presbytery of his 
availability for supply preaching while he is teaching at Davidson Col- 
lege. This was received as information. 

Special Prayer — The Rev. A. Leslie Thompson led the 
Presbytery in a special prayer for the sick, remembering 
especially, Rev. J. G. Kirckhoff and Rev. Jonas Barclay. 

Ruling Concerning Ruling Elder Representatives — The 

Presbytery voted to require all churches whose Sessions are 
not represented at Presbytery to give reasons for such fail- 
ure. This applies to every meeting of the Presbytery. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 
appointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures — Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Chairman, Rev. Henry 
S. Robinson, Mr. E. B. Clanton. 

2. Installations — Rev. S. W. Hogue, chairman. Rev. J. E. Wayland, 
Jr., Mr. C. C. Austin. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Chairman, Rev. 
J. S. Garner, and Mr. J. W. Russell. 

4. Resolutions — Mr. Nat G. Speirs, Chairman, Rev. James R. Crook, 
Mr. J. M. Little. 

5. Assembly's Minutes — Rev. L. I. Stell, Chairman, Rev. A. A. Allen, 
Mr. C. G. Sellers. 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Request of Stated Clerk — The Presbytery requested that 
the Stated Clerk send copies of the Memorial to Rev. C. H. 
Little to the members of the family and all churches served 
by him. 

Report of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To install Rev. W. F. Mitchell. 

The Commission of the Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Rev. Wil- 
liam F. Mitchell as pastor of the Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, met at the Sunset Hills Church at 7:45, Sunday, July 
25. All of the members of the Commission were present. Ministers: 
W. M. Boyce, Chairman, C. M. Boyd, and Russell M. Kerr. Elders: R. A. 
Grier and W. E. Price. The meeting: was called to order and opened with 
prayer. On motion of W. E. Price, Rev. Russell M. Kerr was elected 
Secretary. 

Final arrangements for the service being completed, the Commission 
moved into the sanctuary for the installation service. According to the 
appointment of the Presbytery, Dr. Boyce presided and propounded the 
constitutional questions to the pastor and the congregation. Russell M. 
Kerr preached the sermon on **I Believe in the Church. Matt. 16:18, 
Col. 1:18." Dr. Boyd delivered the charge to the pastor, and the charge 
to the congregation was made by Mr. Grier. The installation prayer was 
offered by W. E. Price, after which Mr. Mitchell was declared installed 
as pastor of the Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission continued its meeting after the service. The min- 
utes were read and approved, and the meeting was closed with prayer 
by the Chairman. 

W. M. Boyce, Chairman 
Russell M. Kerr, Secretary 

2. To install Rev. J. S. Garner. 

The Woodlawn School, 
September 12, 1954. 
The Commission appointed to install Rev. J. S. Garner pastor of the 
Forest Hill Presbyterian Church met at 7:30 P.M. in the temporary 
manse at 1825 Providence Road and was constituted with prayer. Those 
present were: Rev. Roswell C. Long, Chairman, Rev. James A. Jones, 
Mr. J. B. Kuykendall and Rev. R. H, Stone, who was elected secretary. 

At 8 P.M. the Commission united with the Forest Hill congregation 
in a service of worship in which Dr. R. C. Long presided; Dr. James A. 
Jones preached the sermon on "The People of God." The Chairman asked 
the constitutional questions, the charge to the congregation was given 
by Mr. Kuykendall, and Rev. R. H. Stone charged the pastor. These 
required parts having been done Rev. J. S. Garner was declared regu- 
larly called and installed pastor of the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. 



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The installation prayer was led by Dr. Long. The benediction was pro- 
nounced by Rev. J. S. Garner. 

The Commission met and approved its minutes and was adjourned 
with prayer. 

Roswell C. Long, Chairman 
R. H. Stone, Secretary 

3. To ordain and install Mr. Vance Baucom. 

The Commission appointed to ordain and install Mr. Vance Baucom 
pastor of the W. H. Belk Presbyterian Church met in the church office 
at 7:25 on July 25, 1954. Those present were Rev. R. H. Stone, Chair- 
man, Rev. W. S. Boyce, Rev. Bland Dudley and Elder J. B. Kuykendall, 
moderator of the Presbytery. The meeting was constituted with prayer. 
Rev. Bland Dudley was elected clerk. 

After the organization the Commission entered the sanctuary and 
united with the congregation in a service of worship in which Rev. 
Bland Dudley preached from the passage Luke 9:57-62. The constitu- 
tional questions were asked by the chairman. There followed the ordi- 
nation service with the laying on of hands and the ordination prayer 
whereupon the announcement was made that Rev. Vance Baucom was 
regularly elected, ordained and installed pastor of the W. H. Belk Pres- 
byterian Church. 

Rev. W. S. Boyce gave the charge to the pastor and Mr. J. B. Kuy- 
kendall gave the charge to the congregation. Following the benediction, 
pronounced by the pastor, the Commission approved its minutes and 
was adjourned with prayer. 

R. H. Stone, Chairman 
Bland Dudley, Clerk 

4. To ordain and install Mr. Clifford D. Caldwell. 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery appointed to ordain and 
install Mr. Clifford Douglas Caldwell as Pastor of Saint Andrews Pres- 
byterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, met at the church at 7 P.M., 
Sunday, August 1, 1954. All members of the Commission were present: 
Ministers: G. Dana Waters, G. A. Fletcher, S. W. Yandle; Elder James 
Williams. The Commission was opened with prayer by Rev. G. A. 
Fletcher, after being called to order by the Chairman, G. Dana Waters. 
S. W. Yandle was elected secretary. Invited to sit with the Commission 
as a visiting minister was Rev. Thomas A. Fry, D.D., of Bristol, Tenn. 
The following were invited to take part with the Commission in the 
laying on of the hands of Presbytery: Rev. H. F. Peterson, Jr., of Co- 
lumbia, S. C; Elder J. A. Caldwell, of Blountsville, Tenn., father of the 
candidate; and the Elders of the Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission then joined with the Congregation in the worship 
service. The Rev. Thomas A. Fry preached from the text: "If any man 
be in Christ, he is a new creature." II Cor. 5:17. The Rev. G. Dana Wa- 
ters propounded the constitutional questions to the pastor-elect and the 
congregation, and led in the prayer of ordination, following which he 
declared Clifford D. Caldwell as the new pastor, duly ordained and in- 
stalled. The charge to the Pastor was given by the Rev. G. A. Fletcher 
and Elder James Williams charged the congregation. A prayer of con- 



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secration was led by Rev. S. W. Yandle. The benediction was pronounced 
by the new pastor, after which he was welcomed by the members of 
the congregation and friends. 

The Commission then re-assembled, reviewed and adopted the min- 
utes, and was adjourned with prayer led by Elder James Williams. 

Stewart W. Yandle, Secretary 



Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — ^The 

Commission on the Minister and His Work made its report 
which was admitted to record. 

Since the last meeting of Presbytery your Commission has trans- 
acted the following business: 

1. Dissolved the relation existing between the Newell Church and 
the Rev. W. M. Walsh. 

2. Placed the Rev. W. M. Walsh on the Honorably Retired Roll. 

3. Authorized a letter of transfer for Rev. Milos Strupl to Concord 
Presbytery. 

4. Approved Rev. W. W. Peters for Call to Hamlet Presbyterian 
Church. 

5. Approved the Call of Robinson Church for the services of Rev. 
W. B. Neill for one year as temporary supply pastor. 

Your Commission recommends, in line with the Assembly's request, 
that churches of the Presbytery be urged to recognize the value of ex- 
perience and to consider for call older men of experience along with 
their consideration of younger men. 

Your Commission recommends that minimum salaries for Ministers 
hereafter called to Churches in this Presbytery be as follows: For sin- 
gle men $3300.00 and for married men $3600.00 with Manse and 7V2 
per cent annuity agreement in each case. 

Minister Received — The Rev. Hugh M. Jefferson seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented a certifi- 
cate of transfer from Granville Presbytery which was found 
in order. A letter of commendation from the Stated Clerk of 
Granville Presbytery was read. The Presbytery proceeded to 
examine Mr. Jefferson in accordance with the provisions of 
the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved as 
satisfactory and he was enrolled upon the signing of the Cov- 
enant. 

A Call for the services of Rev. Hugh M. Jefferson from the 
South Park Church was placed in his hands and accepted by 
him. A Commission was appointed to install him. (See Report 
of Committee on Installations.) 



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Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education made the following report 
which was adopted. 

Mecklenburg" Presbytery now has 46 men in preparation for the 
Gospel Ministry — of which 22 are in college, 19 in seminary, and 5 
whose preparation has been interrupted by military service or other 
circumstance. In spite of this seemingly large number of candidates, 
we would remind Presbytery again of the continual need for challenging 
young men and women to answer the call to full-time Christian service. 

Mr. Billy Shaw Howell, Jr., a member of the First Presbyterian 
Church of Charlotte and a student in the Senior class at the University 
of North Carolina, is asking to be received as a candidate for the Gos- 
pel Ministry. Mr. Howell has met with your committee and we are well 
satisfied with his references and testimonials as well as with his per- 
sonal, vocational and spiritual qualifications. 

We recommend that Mr. Howell be received as a candidate for the 
ministry pending Presbytery's approval of his examination on experi- 
mental religion and his motives for seeking the Gospel ministry. 

G. Dana Waters, Chairman 

for the Committee on Ministerial Education 

Candidate Received — The Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presented Mr. Billy Shaw Howell, Jr., a member of 
the First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. to be received 
under the care of the Presbytery as a candidate for the Gos- 
pel ministry. Being satisfied with the recommendations of 
the Committee the Presbytery proceeded to examine the Can- 
didate in accordance with the provisions of the Book of 
Church Ordr. The examination was approved as satisfactory. 
Mr. Howell was received as a candidate for the Gospel Minis- 
try under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery. The Rev. 
Charles E. S. Kraemer gave the charge to the candidate and 
Ruling Elder Nat G. Speir led the prayer of dedication. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The report of Presby- 
tery's Council was read and adopted. The report is as follows. 



REPORT OF PRESBYTERY'S COUNCIL 

The Council met on Sept. 10 at 11:00 in Presbytery's Office. 

Mr. J. B. Kuykendall, Chairman of the Committee on Religious Edu- 
cation, presented the follov^ing requests: that operational funds for 
Camp Stewart be increased from $400 to $500 per month; that $3,000 
per year be placed in the budget for replacement of cabins at Camp 
Stewart; that the Committee on Religious Education be granted per- 
mission to solicit funds in the Presbytery over and above this amount 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



for urgently needed repairs and replacement. The monthly operational 
payments come out of our Presbytery Expense Fund. The Council rec- 
ommends these requests to Presbytery. 

The Committee on Annuities and Relief was granted ten minutes 
on the docket. 

The attention of Presbytery is called to the increasing arrearages 
in Presbytery's Expense Fund. The Council requests that Presbytery 
direct the Council to write each church in arrears in the Presbyterial 
Expense Fund reminding it of its obligation to pay. 

The Council recommends that the chairman of the Stewardship 
Committee, the Clerk of Presbytery and the Executive Secretary form 
a committee to make a study of churches which are not paying their 
benevolent budget and report their findings to the Council. 

The Council asks Presbytery to urge each church to observe Youth 
Sunday as requested by the General Assembly and that the special offer- 
ing taken be forwarded to our central treasurer or an amount put in the 
budget and specified as an over and above gift to our youth work. 

The Stewardship Committee report is as follows: 

STEWARDSHIP REPORT 
MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY ^ 

SEPT. 14, 1954 

For the nine months of the Church Year April-December, 1953, the 
churches of the Presbytery contributed to all benevolent causes the 
following amounts: 

Assembly Causes $155,435 

Synod Causes 169,901 

Presbytery Causes 67,173 

Cong. Missions 52,341 

Negro Work Campaign 38,685 

Total All Causes $499,130 

Deducting the special item for the Negro Work Campaign, the total 
given to all regular causes is $460,445 for the nine months. Extending 
this to twelve months would have resulted in a total of $575,556 or 
$47,658 less than the amount contributed in the last full church year. 

1. We recommend to the Presbytery tht acceptance of the full ask- 
ings for the Assembly and Synod Causes as sent down to us by the 
Synod. The amounts are as follows: 

For Assembly Causes $258,252 

For Synod Causes 148,252 

Total $406,504 

For Presbytery: 

Church Extension 90,000 

Christian Education 4,800 

Special Replacement Fund for Camp Stewart 3,000 

Total for All Causes $504,304 



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2. We recommend that the contributions from the churches be ap- 
plied to the totals accepted by Presbytery for the various benevolent 
causes according to the following percentages: 

FOR ASSEMBLY CAUSES: Per Cent Amount 

Inter Church Agencies 2% $ 820 

World Missions 25.1 126,553 

Church Extension 11.5 58,087 

Christian Education 4.4 22,206 

Annuities and Relief 3.6 18,332 

General Fund 6.4 32,254 

Total Assembly's Agencies 51.2% $258,252 $258,252 

FOR SYNOD CAUSES: 

Synod Church Extension 4.3 21,780 

Presbyterian Home 9 4,601 

Presbyterian Orphans Home . . 4.6 23,001 

Religious Education 2.1 10,696 

Ch. Campus Life 1.5 7,673 

Educational Institutions 15.8 79,734 

Inter Church Agencies 2 767 

Total Synod Causes 29.4% $148,252 $148,252 

FOR PRESBYTERY CAUSES: 

Pres. Church Extension 17.8 90,000 

Pres. Religious Education 1.6 7,800 97,800 

19.4% 100% $ 97,800 $504,304 

3. We recommend that the budget be apportioned to the church ac- 
cording to the formula adopted by the General Assembly (Minutes 
1954, Page 89, and by the Synod (Report of Synod's Council to the 
1954 Meeting of Synod) as follows: 

One-third (1/3) apportioned on the basis of membership; one- 
third (1/3) on contributions to Assembly, Synod and Presbytery 
Causes for the last three years; and one-third (1/3) for total 
contributions, less building expense, for the last three years. 
See attached schedule. 

We, also, recommend that this be adopted as the formula for figuring 
benevolent apportionments in the future. 

While the approval of the above recommendation will result in radi- 
cal changes in the benevolent apportionments in many cases, and while 
we realize that some churches may have difficulty in attaining this goal 
at this time, we urge the churches to study these apportionments care- 
fully and assume as large a share as possible. We also request the 
churches to notify the council through the Presbytery's Office of the 
share assumed. 



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4. That Presbytery approve a per capita tax of $1.00 for the year 
1955 to cover the expense of Presbytery's Office, maintenance and up- 
keep of Camp Stewart, and the Office of the Stated Clerk of Presby- 
tery, including the assessments of Assembly and Synod. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Samuel M. Inman, 

Chairman, Sub-Committee on Stewardship. 



APPORTIONMENT OF PRESBYTERY'S BUDGET TO THE 

CHURCHES FOR THE CHURCH YEAR 1955 

(By The New Formula) 

Membership Benevolences Total Expenses Total 

Pet. of Pet. of Pet. of 1955 

Church Total Amt. Total Amt. Total Amt. Apport. 

Alber. 1st ... 1.40 $ 2353 1.19 $ 2000 1.24 $ 2084 $ 6437 

Alber. 2nd .. .89 1493 .17 286 .60 1009 2791 

Alten 31 521 .06 101 .16 269 891 

Amay James. .25 420 .03 50 .07 118 588 

Amity 90 1513 .24 403 .72 1210 3126 

Avondale ... 1.40 2353 .57 958 1.21 2034 5345 

Badin 83 1395 .27 454 .52 874 2723 

Banks 15 252 .07 118 .14 235 605 

Benton Hts. . .60 1008 .11 185 .38 639 1832 

Bethany 10 168 .01 17 .03 50 235 

Bethel 60 1008 .16 269 .26 437 1714 

Bethlehem .. .43 723 .12 202 .27 454 1379 

Beulah 28 471 .03 50 .08 134 655 

Biscoe 55 925 .28 471 .38 639 2035 

Brainard 12 202 .02 34 .12 202 438 

Caldwell Mem. 3.75 6304 7.78 13078 5.36 9010 28392 

Camden 37 622 .07 118 .17 286 1026 

Cameronian . .37 622 .07 118 .18 303 1043 

Camp Greene .53 891 .17 286 .52 874 2051 

Candor 39 656 .09 151 .27 454 1261 

Cent. St. Cr. .73 1227' .27 454 .46 773 2454 

Char. 1st. . . 4.00 2624 10.29 17297 8.75 14708 38729 

Clanton Mem. .65 1093 .09 151 .39 656 1900 

Commonwealth .82 1378 1.66 2790 1.76 2959 7127 

Community .. .01 18 .01 17 .03 50 85 

Cooks Mem. . 1.57 2639 .89 1496 .90 1512 5647 

Cornelius 33 555 .03 50 .14 235 840 

Covenant 8.50 14289 12.42 20878 11.06 18592 53759 

Eastminister . .41 689 .04 67 .25 420 1176 

Ellerbe 56 941 .12 201 .35 588 1730 

Forest Hills . 900 

Hamlet 1.70 2858 .72 1210 .95 1597 5665 

Hawley Mem. .03 51 .01 17 .01 17 85 

Hopewell .... 1.35 2269 .80 1345 .86 1446 5060 

Huntersville . 1.55 2606 .90 1513 .89 1496 5615 



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APPORTIONMENT OF PRESBYTERY'S BUDGET TO THE 

CHURCHES FOR THE CHURCH YEAR 1955— (Continued) 

Membership Benevolences Total Expenses Total 

Pet. of Pet. of Pet. of 1955 

Church Total Amt. Total Amt. Total Amt. Apport. 

Indian Hill . . .26 437 .02 34 .05 84 555 

Indian Trail . .47 790 .09 151 .20 336 1277 

East Monroe . .26 437 .05 84 .13 217 738 

Locust 50 841 .10 168 .20 336 1345 

Macedonia ... .43 723 .11 185 .22 370 1278 

Mallard Creek 1.16 1849 .65 1093 .76 1278 4220 

Marks Creek . .62 1042 .16 269 .24 403 1714 

Marshville .. .45 756 .16 269 .34 572 1597 

Marston 17 286 .06 101 .09 151 538 

Matthews ... .54 908 .18 303 .45 756 1967 

McGee 45 757 .15 252 .39 656 1665 

McLean Mem. .24 403 .03 50 .08 134 587 

McQuay Mem. .36 605 .07 118 .25 420 1143 

Monroe 1st . . 1.93 3244 1.62 2723 1.60 2690 8657 

*MorganMem. .08 135 135 

Morris Field . .14 235 .14 235 .24 403 873 

Morven 21 353 .14 235 .20 336 924 

Mt. Carmel .. .29 487 .04 67 .08 134 688 

Mt. Gilead ... .50 975 .24 403 .41 689 2067 

Mulberry 1.23 2084 1.21 2034 1.21 2034 6152 

Myers Park .. 7.02 11851 29.05 48834 17.79 29905 90590 

Nevin 1.15 1933 .14 235 .64 1076 3244 

New Salem . . .12 202 .04 67 .06 101 370 

Newell 51 857 .08 134 .45 756 1747 

Norman 20 336 .04 67 .07 118 521 

N. Charlotte . .60 1009 .21 353 .49 824 2186 

Norwood 58 975 .11 185 .44 740 1900 

Oakboro 09 151 .03 50 .06 101 302 

Pageland 48 807 .06 101 .25 420 1328 

Park Ave 23 387 .03 50 .13 219 656 

Paw Creek .. 1.37 2302 1.29 2169 1.22 2051 6522 

Pee Dee 16 269 .05 84 .07 118 471 

Philadelphia . 1.65 2774 .80 1345 1.22 2051 6170 

Pineville 48 807 .27 454 .42 706 1967 

Plaza 3.05 5127 1.39 2337 2.07 3480 10944 

Pleasant Hill .40 672 .21 353 .26 437 1462 

Providence .. .71 1193 .55 925 .77 1294 3412 

Ramah 52 874 .19 319 .28 471 1664 

Rehobeth 08 134 .02 34 .02 34 202 

Ridgecrest . . .25 420 .04 67 .08 134 621 

Robinson 57 958 .21 353 .40 672 1983 

Rockingham . 1.30 2185 .58 975 .93 1563 4723 

Rourk 38 639 .12 202 .17 286 1127 



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APPORTIONMENT OF PRESBYTERY'S BUDGET TO THE 

CHURCHES FOR THE CHURCH YEAR 1955— (Continued) 

Membership Benevolences Total Expenses Total 

Pet. of Pet. of Pet. of 1955 

Church Total Amt. Total Amt. Total Amt. Apport. 

St. Andrews . .73 1227 .46 773 .81 1362 3362 

St. Pauls 1.10 1849 .51 857 .88 1479 4185 

Salem 26 437 .01 17 .06 101 555 

Sardis 1.45 2438 .98 1647 1.27 2135 6220 

Seigle Ave. . . 1.12 1883 .83 1395 .55 925 4203 

SelwynAve. . 1.51 2538 .97 1631 2.17 3648 7817 

Sharon 1.32 2219 .62 1042 1.00 1681 4942 

Siler 24 403 .09 151 .13 219 773 

Six Mile Creek .27 151 .02 34 .06 101 286 

Smallwood . . .43 723 .02 34 .21 353 1110 

South Park . . .60 1007 .10 168 .31 521 1696 

Star 06 101 101 240 

Steele Creek . 3.05 5127 3.99 6707 2.77 4656 16490 

Stephenson . . .12 204 .01 17 .05 84 305 

Sugaw Creek 2.85 4791 2.43 4085 2.03 3412 12288 

Sunset Hills . .71 1193 .39 656 .68 1143 2992 

Tenth Ave. . . 1.57 2639 1.22 2051 1.48 2488 7178 

Thomasboro . 1.86 3127 .78 1311 1.42 2387 6825 

Trinity 1.35 2269 3.45 5800 2.57 4320 12389 

Troy 37 622 .27 454 .44 740 1816 

Turner 23 387 .04 67 .11 185 639 

Unionville ... .10 168 .02 34 .03 50 252 

Wadesboro .. .71 1194 .26 437 .34 572 2203 

Walkersville . .41 689 .05 84 .23 387 1160 

Waxhaw 39 656 .14 235 .31 521 1412 

West Ave. . . . 1.85 3109 1.17 1967 1.61 2706 7782 

Westminster . 1.50 2521 .25 420 .86 1446 4387 

Westover Hills 2.06 3463 .30 504 .64 1076 5043 

Williams Mem. 1.22 2051 .68 1143 1.06 1782 4976 

Wilmore 1.98 3328 .28 471 .94 1580 5379 

Belk , 600 

Forest Hills . 600 



=No figures on giving reported. 



Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief — The Sub-Com- 
mittee on Annuities and Relief presented Mr. V. F. Cooper of 
Atlanta, Ga. who spoke to the Presbytery on the new In- 
surance and Hospitalization features offered to the Churches. 

Recess — The Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1 P.M. after 
being led in prayer by the Rev. L. I. Stell. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and was led in prayer by 
Ruling Elder W. E. Price. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. Russell M. Kerr was 
elected Moderator Nominee for the next meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

Report of Commissions to General Assembly — The follow- 
ing Commissioners to the General Assembly made their reports 
to the Presbytery and were commended for their diligence. 
Rev. James A. Jones, Rev. F. C. Pratt, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, 
and Mr. W. E. Price. 

Report of Committee on Nominations — ^The Committee on 
Nominations made its report which was adopted. 

Officers of the Presbytery 

Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk, 1957. 
Trustees : 

Davidson— Class of 1956— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, 
Rev. W. L. Hall. 

Presbytery— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, 1957. 

Commissions: 

1. The Minister and His Work 

Class of 1957 — Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. J. C. Lawrence, R. L. 
Puckett. 

Committees: 

Assembly's Work — Chairman, A. L. Thompson. 

Sub-Committee on World Missions — 1955, Rev. E. B. Cooper; 1956, 
Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr.; 1957, J. W. McLaney, Chairman. 

Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief — 1957 — Gregory Sutcliff. 
Sub-Committee on Woman's Work — 1957 — Rev. S. M. Hutchison. 
Sub-Committee on Assembly's Special Causes — 1957 — Rev. A. L. 
Thompson. 

Church Extension: 

Sub-Committee on Christian Relations — 1957 — Legette Blythe. 

Sub-Committee on Evangelism — 1957 — McAlister Carson, Rev. S. H. 
Zealy. 

Sub-Committee on Radio — 1957 — Rev. Thomas W. McLean. 
Sub-Committee on Home Missions — 1957 — Rev. Robert Turner, Irwin 
Belk, Rev. J. C. Lawrence. 



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Education: 

Sub-Committee on Educational Institutions — 1957 — Rev. Roy F. Whit- 
ley, Chairman; Mr. W. H. Earnhardt. 

Sub-Committee on Christian Campus Life — 1957 — Mr. Frank Orr. 
Sub-Committee on Religious Education — 1957 — Rev. James R. Crook, 
Chairman, Rev. Robert Turner, Dr. John Lafferty. 

Presbytery's Council: 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. James R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell. 

Ministerial Education: 

1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. H. S. Schum, Mr. H. C. McAlister. 

Homes: 

1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. Crawford A. White, Mr. J. B. Watt. 

Election of Members to Committee on Nominations — The 

Presbytery elected the following members to the class of 1957 
on the Committee on Nominations: Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. 
Russell M. Kerr and Mr. Angus R. Shaw. 

Manual Change — Presbytery voted on first ballot to change 
the Manual so that the Sub-Committee on Religious Education 
be made the Committee on Christian Education. The second 
vote on the change was docketed for the next meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

Visiting Brother — Rev. Milton Faust, Synod's Director of 
Evangelism was introduced to the Presbytery and invited to 
sit as a visiting brother. 

Report of Committee on Homes — A verbal report of the 
Committee on Homes was received as information. 

President of Queens College — Dr. E. R. Walker, President 
of Queens College was introduced to Presbytery and spoke 
briefly of his work. 

Report of Comittee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted. 

1. That the Commission to install the Rev. Hugh M. Jefferson as 
pastor of South Park Church be composed as follov^s: 

Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman, Rev. F. C. Debele, to charge the pastor, 
Rev. Ben F. Moore, to charge the congregation. Rev. Thomas MacLean 
<-o preach the sermon. Elder, Mr. Dewey Klutz, South Park Presbyterian 
Church. 

2. That the alternates be: 

Rev. J. S. Garner, minister, Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Elder, Steele Creek 
Church. 



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3. That the time and date of the installation be at 7:30 o'clock, Sun 
day evening, October 3, 1954. 

S. W. Hogue, Jr., Chairma?! 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted. 

Be it resolved that the 206th Stated Session of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery expresses its grateful appreciation 

To the minister and officers of Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church 
for their courtesy and hospitality in placing at our disposal the facili- 
ties of their beautiful newly completed structure. 

To Rev. R. W. Rayburn for his helpfulness throughout the day. 

To the ladies of Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church for the deli- 
cious and satisfying meal served to us. 

To Mrs. George L. Cook for the most interesting and informative 
history of Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church. 

We rejoice with Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church in the evi- 
dent blessing of God in its work for His Kingdom and wish for them 
continued progress in His name. 

Be it further resolved that this resolution be read to the congrega- 
tion of Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church next Sunday morning. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Nat G. Speir, 

Committee on Resolutions. 

Forward With Christ Committee Appointed — The Moder- 
ator appointed the following Committee to promote the "For- 
ward with Christ" program in the Presbytery: Rev. L. I. 
Stell, chairman, Rev. S. M. Inman, Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. 
J. R. Crook, Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. R. H. Stone. 

Committee to Study Matter of Segregation Appointed — 

The following Committee to study the matter of segregation 
was named by the Moderator: Rev. J. A. Jones, Rev. W. M. 
Boyce, Jr., Rev. A. A. Allen, Dr. Hamilton W. McKay, Rev. 
M. B. Prince, Jr., Mr. Phillip F. Howerton, Rev. H. G. Bed- 
inger. 

Vote on Amendments to Book of Church Order Docketed 

— The vote on the Amendments to the Book of Church Order 
was docketed for the April meeting of Presbytery. 

Ad Interim Committee Report — The Ad Interim Committee 
appointed by Presbytery to study the matter of the method 



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of the election of Commissioners to the General Assembly 
made the following report which was adopted. 

Your committee recommends: 

1. That the nominating committee, nominate from among the active 
ministers of Presbytery, those ministers who are to be elected as com- 
missioners, rotating the men on the basis of seniority of membership in 
Presbytery; except in such cases where the nominating committee shall 
deem it wise to depart from this plan. This shall not be understood to 
preclude nominations from the floor. 

2. The nominating committee shall present the names of elders to 
be commissioners to the Assembly after consulting the sessions of 
churches to secure suggestions of names; giving care to protect the in- 
terests of the smaller churches and assuring equitable representations 
from all churches. Suggestions for names may be sent to the Executive 
Secretary's office. This shall not be understood to preclude nominations 
from the floor. 

McAlister Carson 

J. Cecil Lawrence 

W. E. Price 

Sam H. Zealy 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Report of Committee on Minutes of General Assembly — 

The Committee on Assembly's Minutes made the following 
report which was adopted: 

Your Committee notes several matters of interest to our Presbytery 
and its Committees, such as the new paragraphs on Testing of Candi- 
dates for the Ministry and the proposed Communicant classes for adults. 

The Plan of Union was referred to the Presbyteries and has been 
docketed for the January meeting of this Presbytery. 

Five proposed amendments to the Book of Church Order were sent 
to the Presbyteries and should be voted upon at this meeting or dock- 
eted for later consideration. 

The adopted report of the Division of Christian Relations especially 
on Segregation and on Communism should be carefully studied by the 
Session of each Church, We recommend that the report on Segregation 
be referred to a special Committee to be appointed at this time. This 
Committee should study the report as it affects our Presbytery and its 
Conferences and Institutions and make a report at a time and date to 
be determined by Presbytery's Council. 

Resolution Adopted — The following resolution was read 
and adopted. 

Be it resolved, that Mecklenburg Presbytery in each of its meetings, 
extend the privileges of the floor to any former Moderators of this Pres- 
bytery residing at that time within the bounds of the Presbytery and 
present at the meeting. 



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Authorizes Sale of Property — Presbytery authorized the 
sale of its Piney Woods property at a price agreeable to the 
Sub-Comittee on Home Missions. 

Next Meeting — The place of the next meeting was left 
in the hands of Presbytery's Council. 

Invitations Received — The Session of the First Church of 
Monroe invited the Presbytery to meet for the Spring meet- 
ing at their Church. The Session of the Sugaw Creek Church 
invited the Presbytery to meet for the Fall meeting at their 
Church. The Presbytery accepted the invitations with grati- 
tude. 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

The Presbytery adjourned after prayer led by Rev. Warner. 
L. Hall to meet at the Meyers Park Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on January 18, 1955. 

Rev. Warner L. Hall, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
B. F. Yandell, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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Mecklenburg Presbytery 
Called Meeting 

Covenant Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
October 21, 1954 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in a Called Session in the 
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. at 2 P.M. on 
the above date. 

The meeting was called to order by Rev. W. L. Hall, Mod- 
erator. Rev. W. S. Boyce led the Presbytery in prayer. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— R. F. Boyd, Warner L. Hall, Kirk N. Nesbit, Clifford D. 
Caldwell, S. M. Inman, R. H. Stone, G. Dana Waters, Vance Baucom, 
T. W. MacLean, Robert Turner, M. B. Dudley, W. T. Taylor, S. M. 
Hutchison, M. G. Lyerly, F. C. Debele, Jr., R. W. Rayburn, A. Leslie 
Thompson, Hugh D. Pollard, S. W. Yandle, W. S. Boyce, Crawford A. 
White, S. W. Hogue, Jr., C. H. McLean, C. G. McClure, M. B. Prince, 
Jr., R. G. Balnicky, Henry S. Robinson, B. F. Yandell— 28. 

Ruling Elders— C. N. Eckerson, Troy; J. B. Kuykendall, Jr., Cov- 
enant; Rufus A. Grier, Steele Creek. 

A quorum was present. 

The Call — The following Call was read and found in order. 

The Constiutional requirements having been met, the 
Presbytery of Mecklenburg is hereby called to meet in the 
Morrison Chapel of the Covenant Church on Thursday, Octo- 
ber 21st at 2 P.M. to transact the following business if the 
way be clear. 

1. To authorize the sale of the Erdman Love Chapel 
property to the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. 

2. To approve the action of the Home Mission Commit- 
tee in endorsing the loan from the Board of Church Extension 
to the Brainerd Church. 

3. To attend to any matters arising out of the above. 

F. C. Debele. Jr., Stated Clerk 



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Sale of Property — Presbytery authorized the sale of the 
Erdman Love Chapel to the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church 
of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America 
at terms agreeable to the Home Mission Committee and the 
Trustees of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. 

The following is the recommendation of the Sub-Commit- 
tee on Home Missions which was adopted : 

The Sub-Committee on Home Missions of the Committee on Church 
Extension of Mecklenburg Presbytery recommends that the Presbytery 
sell to the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. the four lots on 
Beattys Ford Road on which the Erdman Love Chapel is located. The 
terms of sale to be $4,500.00 cash and a lot near the Southside Homes 
and the Marie Davis School which the Emmanuel Church has recently 
purchased for $3,250.00. 

We recommend that the Trustees of Mecklenburg Presbytery be au- 
thorized to convey to the Trustees of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church 
U.S.A. or to any other title holding group designated by the Emmanuel 
Church, the aforementioned lots. 

Rufus A. Grier, Chairman 

Loan to Brainerd Church — Presbytery voted to approve 
the action of the Sub-Committee on Home Missions in endors- 
ing the loan of $12,000 from the Board of Church Extension 
to the Brainerd Presbyterian Church. 

Authorization to Trustees — Presbytery authorized the 
Trustees of the Presbytery to reconvey the lot received in the 
exchange from the Emannuel Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., 
when a sale has been made at a price agreeable to the Sub- 
Committee on Home Missions. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by Rev. Robert F. 
Boyd. 

Rev. Warner L. Hall, Moderator 
F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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201th Stated Meeting 

Myers Park Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 18, 1955 



lOBth Stated Session 

First Church, Monroe, N. C. 

April 12, 1955 



Next Stated Session 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 19, 1955 



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207th Stated Meeting 

Myers Park Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 18, 1955 



208th Stated Session 

First Church, Monroe, N. C, 

April 12, 1955 



Next Stated Session 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 19, 1955 



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DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 

(f) Christian Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 

Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Nominations 

(e) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 : 00 A. M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. R. M. Kerr, Moderator of Winter Meeting 
Rev. C. S. Miller, Moderator of Spring Meeting 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1955) 
Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1955 — Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

1956— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 

Presbytery — 

1955 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 
1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 
1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. Roswell C. Long 

1955 — Rev. R. C. Long, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. James Williams 

1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 

1957— Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Mr. R. L. Puckett 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1955— Rev. E. B. Cooper 

1956— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

1957— Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1955— Rev. A. T. Taylor 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Geogrey Sutcliffe 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1955 — Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Chairman 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1955— Mr. C. W. Wilson 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations 

1955— Rev. W. A. Gamble, Chairman 

1956 — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

1957— Mr. Legette Blythe 

Sub Committee on Evangelism 

1955— Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman; Dr. Hamilton W. McKay 

1956 — Rev. R. G. Balnicky 

1957 — Rev. S. H. Zealy, Mr. McAlister Carson 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1955— Rev. C. S. Miller, Chairman 

1956— Mr. Paul B. Marion 

1957— Rev. T. W. MacLean 

Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1955— Rev. Carl S. Miller, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 

1956 — Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 

Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett 
1957 — Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. J. C. Lawrence 



Education : 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1955— Rev. R. M. Kerr, J. W. Thomson 

1956— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman; Mr. W. H. Earnhardt 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1955— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Frank Orr 



Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1955— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. S. M. Inman, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ex-Officio — The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 



Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. G. Dana Waters 

1955— Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. H. S. Robinson, Mr. P. F. Howerton 
1956 — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. G. Dana Waters, Mr. H. C. Williams 
1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. H. S. Schum, Mr. H. C. Alexander 



Homes : 

Chairman — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit 

1955— Rev. H. D. P. Pollard, Mr. D. G. Kimbrell, Rev. R. W. Raybum 
1956— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. K. N. Nesbit, Mr. J. David Flowers 
1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. C. A. White, Mr. J. B. Watt 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1955 — Rev. G. Dana Waters, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. T. M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 

Christian Education: 

Chairman — Rev. J. R. Crook 

1955— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Rev. S. W. Hogue 

1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Mr. B. A. Estridge 

1957— Rev. J. R. Crook, Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. T. P. Graham 

Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nesbit 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. George Stovall 
Pres. Youth Fellowship — Mr. John Kimbril 



MINUTES OF THE MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 





ROLL OF MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


53. G.Dana Waters 


2. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


54. W. J. Huneycutt 


3. 


M. E. Peabody 


55. Samuel H. Zealy 


4. 


W.H.Johnston 


56. W. B. McSwain 


5. 


J. C. McGehee 


57. Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 


6. 


B. Frank Yandell 


58. F.C.Wilkinson 


7. 


W. C. Copeland 


59. D. E. Wilkinson 


8. 


J. C. Grier 


60. E.B.Cooper 


9. 


T. R. Alexander 


61. IraH. Rawles 


10. 


A. T. Taylor 


62. Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 


11. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


63. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 


12. 


H. C. Carmichael 


64. M. G. Lyerly 


13. 


W. B. Neill 


65. R.W.Rayburn 


14. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


66. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


15. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


67. Hugh Pollard 


16. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


68. W. M. Boyce, D.D. 


17. 


A. L. Roberts 


69. Russell M. Kerr 


18. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


70. C.H. McLean 


19. 


W. T. Smith 


71. J. B. Reaves 


20. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


72. Geo. A. Fletcher 


21. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


73. R. G. Laurens 


22. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


74. Stewart W. Yandle 


23. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


75. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


24. 


Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 


76. KirkN. Nesbit 


25. 


Chas. G. McClure, D.D. 


77. B.F.Ferguson 


26. 


Sam M. Inman 


78. James R. Crook 


27. 


J. 0. Man, D.D. 


79. Sheldon A. Kosey 


28. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


80. Crawford White 


29. 


Jonas Barclay 


81. J. S. Garner 


30. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


82. H. S. Schum 


31. 


F. S. Johnston 


83. S.WylieHogue 


32. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


84. W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 


33. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


85. C. McD. Coifey 


34. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


86. L Howard Chadwick 


35. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


87. W. S. Boyce 


36. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


88. Robert Turner 


37. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


89. Andrew A. Allen 


38. 


T. W. MacLean 


90. Dwight L. Barker 


39. 


Homer A. Spencer 


91. Richard V. Colen 


40. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


92. W. F. Mitchell 


41. 


Henry S. Robinson 


93. W. T. Taylor 


42. 


S. M. Hutchison 


94. M.B.Dudley 


43. 


C. H. Rowan 


95. Fred C. Holder 


44. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


96. C.D.Caldwell 


45. 


D. S. Chalabie 


97. Hugh M. Jefferson 


46. 


J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 


98. M.R.Williamson 


47. 


H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


99. E. L. Stoffel, Th.D. 


48. 


Carl S. Miller 


100. J. L. Doom 


49. 
50. 


Ben F. Moore 
Watt M. Cooper 


101. T. Duke Williams 


51. 


H. V. Carson, D.D. 


102. W. E. Lytch 


52. 


Harold D. Hayward, Ph.D. 


103. Leighton S. Ford 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches 

Albemarle First. 



Albemarle Second- 

Altan 

Amay James 



Amity 

Avondale- 



Clerk of Session 

_H. P. Morrow 

125 S. 5th St. 

Albemarle, N. C. 
„S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 

„J. A. Lowery 
Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

-Edgar Goodwin 
504 E. Boundry 
Charlotte, N. C. 

-J. C. Kuck 
Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

- L. H. Meacham 
2804 Avondale Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 

Albemarle, N. C. 
C. 0. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Odus Doster 
Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Sarah Reid 
Rt. 4, Box 332 
Charlotte, N. C. 

James P. Sample 
Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. R. Caudle 
4316 Park Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Badin F. L. Marbry 

Badin, N. C. 
Banks Sam Kell, Jr. 

Box 206, Waxhaw, N. C 
Belk P. S. Snipes 

1011 Choyce Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Benton Heights Jack Morrison 

601 Hough St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. 
Bethel :. J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 
Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Beulah E. H. Webb R. L. Long 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 
Biscoe C. R. Poole C. R. Lawrance 

Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Brainerd Marvin McGill D. A. McGill 

East Rockingham, N. C.East Rockingham, N. C 
Caldwell Memorial R. V, Mason R. H. Crockford 

811 E. Morehead 2117 McClintock Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildreth 

Rt. 3 Rt. 3 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 



S. E. Beck 
Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 
,Rt. 2,Ft. Mill, S.C. 
Glenn A. Roberts 
1309 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Neal Tucker 
1108 Cherry St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 

Davidson, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian Lee McNeeley 

Rt. 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 
Central Steele Creek...- R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte First T. P. Graham 

815 Lamar Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton 

Rt. 3 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Commonwealth W. E. Arnett 

4831 Elder Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Com munity Pink Sutton 

Mill St. 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 163 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Cornelius R. A. Atwell 

Cornelius, N. C. 
Covenant j. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Eastminster c. E. Reneau 

2217 Bay St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
East Monroe Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

EUerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 
Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan 

1533 N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

410 Entwistle St. 

Hamlet, N. C. 
Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 
Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

HoUis Gillis 

106 Asington 

Rockingham, N. C. 

James Major 

1741 Evergreen Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

K. A. McLeod 

Candor, N. C. 

T. M. Blackwelder 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

W. N. Ward 

202 W. Trade St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Glen Connell 

Peterson Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 

H. B. Carter 

1431 Cyrus Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Carl Henry 

Hannah Pickett 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Tom Smith, Jr. 

Rt. 9, Box 148 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 

Cornelius, N. C. 

W. A. Montgomery 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 

2800 Shenandoah Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. J. Metelli 

1005 Calhoun St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

R. W. Carriker 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Z. R. Little 

2401 Rozelle's Ferry Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 

Pinecroft Industries 

Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 

Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Huntersville -E. F. Kumm J. Mike Dwyer 

Box 115 Huntersville, N. C. 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. Rt. 1, Stanfield, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 1 Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 
Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell L. Worth Little 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness Daniel J. McCaskill 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1., Candor, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham Joe M. Wilson 

Rt. 7, Box 612 Rt. 10 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. O. McRae H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. C. Efird Mrs. C. A. Bolt 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay W. D. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. 0. Alexander W. R. Freeman 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long Leroy Lakey 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. Rt. 6 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. R. Litaker Joe W. Reid 

3429 Mathis Dr. 1306 Coker Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison Virgil Henderson 

Wadesboro Rd. 429 Wadesboro Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. Herbert Lee Hargett 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 110 Stonewall Jackson Homes 

Morven W. E. Steagall R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches 

Mt. Gilead- 



Mulberry 

Myers Park. 

Nevin 



New Salem 

Newell 

Norman 

North Charlotte- 



Clerk of Session 

R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

G. T. Brown 

C.M.R. 544, Box 830 
Charlotte, N. C. 

0. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

— . S. B. Wilson 
Newell, N. C. 

C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

Joe W. Hardison 

1732 Academy St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. 0. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue R. Lamar Smith 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead. N. C. 
Philadelphia .E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah .J. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
C.M.R. 544, Box 660 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Ussery 
Norwood, N. C. 
Miss Viola Ross 
Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 
Alger Douglas 
Pageland, S. C. 
H. G. Smith 
Rt. 2 
Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
James H. Black 
Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
N. C. Grier 
Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C 

C. D. Bradford 
Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches 

Rehoboth— . 

Ridgecrest- 



Robinson 

Rockingham First. 

Rourk 



St. Andrews - 
St. Paul 



Salem. 



Sardis 

Seigle Avenue... 
Selwyn Avenue- 
Sharon 



Siler. 



Six Mile Creek. 
Smallwood 



South Park... 
Steele Creek. 



Star 



Clerk of Session 

JF. Albert Gordon 
Waxhaw, N. C. 
_G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
-Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 
-C. R. McNair 

Box 416 

Rockingham, N. C. 
-H. P. Shane 

Route 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
_J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
.E. D. Jackson 

2509 Arnold Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
..B. F.Ferguson 

Pageland, S. C. 
..L. H. Pharr 

522 Livingston Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
.Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
_ Edwin L. Dean 

211 Brandvwine Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
-E. F. Smith 

Rt. 2, Box 942 

Charlotte, N. C. 
.R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 
-J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 
_K. W. Wiggins 

C.M.R. 544, Box 667 

Charlotte, N. C. 
-G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 
.-L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 
-J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. R. Harper 

Oakwood Apts. 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 

Cordova, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 
1913 Greene Blvd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Joe Kiker 
Pageland, S. C. 
C. B. Baird 
C.M.R., Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
S. B. Schulken 
832 Seigle Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
C. E. Elrod 
2921 Westfield Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
W. T. Stanford 
Rt. 2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

W. M. Ratteree 

114 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Bland Clontz 

437 Greystone Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

R. F. Bigham 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Barna Allen 

Box 83 

Star, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek W. Parks Wilson 

Rt. 11 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C„ 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity Harold K. Couch 

Rt. 2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 
Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 
Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue R. S. Wilkinson 

513 Grandin Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills Alex M. Johnson 

2901 Mayflower Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

James A. Barrus 
1326 Brook Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Hope 

619 Magnolia Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

F. W. Haas 

4428 Albemarle Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. M. Carter 

217 Johnston Bldg. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 6, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C 

Paul L. Cobb 
621 Walnut Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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The Two Hundred Seventh 

Stated Session of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Myers Park Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
January 18, 1955 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Seventh Stated Session in the Myers Park Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 9 a.m. on the above date. The 
Presbytery was opened by the invocation by the Rev. Robert 
Turner and the scripture was read from I Cor. 12 :25-I Cor. 13. 

The Rev. Warner L. Hall, the Moderator, preached the 
sermon on 'The Nature of the Church" and called the 
meeting to order. 

Memorial — The following Memorial to Rev. E. L. Flan- 
agan was read by Rev. W. H. Johnston and was adopted. 

Memorial to Rev. E. L. Flanagan written by Rev. W. H. 
Johnson and read before Mecklenburg Presbytery at its 207th 
Stated Session, January 18, 1955 

ERNEST LELAND FLANAGAN 

1886 - 1954 
Ernest Leland Flanagan was born in the Bethel community of York 
County near Clover, S. C, on January 30, 1886. He died there November 
10, 1954. His parents were James Adams Flanagan and Mary Ida 
Wallace. These both died while Leland was a small boy. 

He grew up on a farm in the Bethel community in the home of an 
uncle, William Wallace, in whom were found those qualities of char- 
acter that marked him as a worthy scion of a house that was devoted 
to the simple virtues of truth and honesty. 

This youth was nurtured in the wholesome heritage of the sturdy 
Scotch-Irish immigrants who came into the Upcountry of South Caro- 
lina in Colonial days. In the years of his boyhood and youth on his 
uncle's farm he found himself in daily contact with those things that 
spoke so immediately of God's creative power and of His loving prov- 
idence that filled every day with evidences of His goodness. On every 



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Sabbath day Leland went with the family to the services of the sanctu- 
ary where his uncle was an honored Elder in historic old Bethel Church. 

Out of a youth such as this, when in the years of early manhood, 
the long, long thoughts of youth began to take on substantial form, 
it is not surprising to find the youth, now become a man, irresistibly 
impelled by the Holy Spirit's gentle grace to the Saviour's service in 
the field of the Christian ministry. 

His early education was received in the public schools of his home 
community and at Bethel Academy. He entered Davidson College in 
1903 and was graduated from there in 1907. 

After his graduation from college he taught school one year, 1907- 
1908, at McConnellsville, S. C; then for two years, 1908-1910, he was 
assistant principal at Charlotte High School, Charlotte, N. C. 

In the autumn of 1910 he entered Union Theological Seminary in 
Richmond, Virginia; and in 1913 he received the Bachelor of Divinity 
degree from that institution. 

He was licensed by Bethel Presbytery on December 28, 1910; and 
was ordained by Norfolk Presbytery in October of 1913. His first pas- 
torate was in a group of churches. Belle Haven and Wachaprague, on 
the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the years 1913-1917. 

In the summer of 1914 he visited Palestine and some of the Medi- 
iterranean countries of Europe. While on this trip the First World War 
began to exercise its paralyzing influence on the lands of Central Europe. 
The party in which Mr. Flanagan was traveling was held for some time 
in Switzerland until permission could be secured and an opportunity 
found for crossing war-alerted France. 

In 1917 Mr. Flanagan was called to the Park Avenue Church in 
Norfolk, Virginia. By this time the country was being drawn into the 
war, and he felt increasingly the urgency of the call to give himself to 
the chaplaincy among the men of the armed forces. In the summer of 
1918 he took the chaplain's course of training at Camp Taylor, Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, and was assigned to the Transport service. 

On September 5, 1918 he was married to Miss Sophie Butler Grover 
of Norfolk, Virginia. For all the following years she was his devoted 
companion, his efficient co-worker and his tender comforter in the sor- 
rows that came his way. 

After the war had ended he returned to the work of the pastorate, 
having received a call to the First Pesbyterian Church of Wilson, North 
Carolina in Albemarle Presbytery. In this pastorate, 1919-1926, some 
of his friends think he did the finest work of his life. Under his leader- 
ship the church established seven out post Sunday Schools. From these 
out posts have since come three organized chuches, Berea, Bethany 
and Westminister. 

At the close of his pastorate in Wilson he received a call to the 
West End Church in Atlanta, Georgia; where he served from 1926 to 
1935. In Atlanta he suflPered a nervous breakdown which with en- 
croaching blindness caused his retirement from the work of the ministry. 

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Flanagan, William Wallace, 
Ernest Leland, Jr., James Grover and Lacy Howell who died in Atlanta 
at two and a half years of age. Ernest Leland, Jr., was killed in Ger- 
many in the Second World War. 

While he was at Wilson, North Carolina, Mr. Flanagan served on 
the board of trustees of Davidson College; and while he was in At- 



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lanta he served on the board of Thornwell Orphanage in South Carolina. 

In 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Flanagan moved to Davidson, North Carolina, 
Vv-ith the purpose of educating their boys at the College; but the Second 
World War disrupted their plans, the boys were soon in the armed 
forces of the nation and they moved back to the farm at Clover, South 
Carolina in 1942. Here he suffered a fatal heart attack on November 10, 
1954. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. W. Arrowood, 
a boyhood friend of Mr. Flanagan, Rev. W. H. Bowman of Clover and 
Rev. David H. Coblentz of Bethel; and Leland was laid to rest among 
his fathers in the quiet peace of that lovely churchyard where he and 
they await the coming of the Lord in His glory. 

"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." 

W. H. Johnston 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yan- 
dell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Tavlor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, C. D. White- 
ley, R. A. Young, C. M. Boyd, D. K. Snyder, T. H. Mitchell, W. T. Smith, 
J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, R. F. Boyd, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, 
S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, 

A. L. Thompson, W. A. Gamble, R. F. Whitley, C. E. S. Kraemer, Warner 
L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, J. A. Carriker, H. S. Robinson, S M. Hutchison, 
C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, 

B. F. Moore, Watt M. Cooper, H. V. Carson, H. D. Hav^vard, G. Dana 
Waters, W. J. Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. Mc Swain, Rov E. Hoke, 
F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, J. G. Kirck- 
hoff, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, W. M. Boyce, Jr., H. D. P. Pollard, 
W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, J. B. Reaves, G. A. Fletcher, 
R. G. Laurens, R. G. Balnicky, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., Kirk 
N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, James R. Crook, Sheldon A. Koesv, Crawford 
A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, S. W. Hogue, W. G. Workman, C. 
Don Coffey, I. Howard Chadwick, Robert Turner, W. S. Boyce, Andrew 
A. Allen, Richard V. Colen, M. Bland Dudley, F. C. Holder, W. F. 
Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, D. C. Caldwell, Vance Baucom, Hugh M. Jef- 
ferson, Malcolm Williamson, E. L. Stoffel— 89. 

Ruling Elders — James Sifford, Albemarle First; S. A. Boaz, Jr., Al- 
bemarle Second; Walter Crook, Altan; J. C. Kuck, Amity; G. D. Aitken. 
Avondale; H. E. Keller, Badin; F. P. Stephenson, Banks; G. W. Hager, 
W. H. Belk; J. G. Williams, Benton Heights; H. G. Torrence, Bethel; 
Hugh Harper, Bethlehem; E. H. Webb, Beulah; M. L. McGill, Brainerd; 
R. V. Mason, Caldwell Memorial; Jesse Morris, Camden; C. L. Liles, 
Camp Greene; Sam Holder, Candor; C. B. Choate, Central Steele Creek; 
J. W. Stewart, Charlotte First; Joe Lidford, Clanton Memorial; Frank 
Stanton, Commonwealth; Pink Sutton, Community; R. L. Willis, Cook's 
Memorial; S. B. Hager, Cornelius; Don Davidson, W. K. Dickson, John 
Otts, Covenant; E. C. Williamson, Eastminster; Gradv Williams, East 
Monroe; D. R. McCaskill, Ellerbe First; M. L. Harkey, Jr., Forest Hills; 
A. A. Ream, Hamlet First; A. R. Shaw, Jr., Hopewell; Le Gette Blvthe, 
Huntersville; W. J. Lee, Indian Hill; E. J. Stimson, Indian Trail; W. K. 
Helm, Locust; D. J. McCaskill, Macedonia; F. W. Alexander, Mallard 
Creek; D. L. McDonald, Mark's Creek; F. C. Efird, Marshville; Jas. W. 
Russell, Matthews; N. C. Long, McGee; J. R. Litaker, McQuay Memorial; 



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W. H. Morrison, Monroe First; A. R. Williams, Morgan Memorial; W. D. 
Loy, Jr., Morris Field; V. L. Wall, Morven; Lee Mclnnis, Mt. Carmel; J. 
I. Phillips, Mt. Gilead; Frank L. Marshall, Mulberry; J. A. Late, Jr., 
Everett Bierman, Myers Park; Fred M. Hunter, Nevin; C. C. Moore, New 
Salem; J. D. Watkins, Newell; C. E. Martin, Norman; J. H. Ferguson, 
North Charlotte; F. H. Story, Norwood; W. 0. Ross, Oakboro; H. H. 
Houston, Pageland; R. L. Killian, Paw Creek; W. C. Ussery, Pee Dee; 
F. 0. Brown, Philadelphia; A. E. Aman, Plaza; J. G. Boyd, Pleasant 
Hills; Lamont Mayes, Ramah; A. M. Sims, Rehoboth; B. L. Griffin, 
Ridgecrest; P. C. Hood, Robinson; F. D. McLeod, Rockingham First; 
W. P. Summerville, St. Andrews; F. A. Phillips, St. Paul; F. M. Faulk- 
ner, Salem; E. H. Walker, Sardis; D. A. McGill, Seigle Avenue; B. S. 
Gray, Selwyn Avenue; E. A. Jamison, Sharon; Floyd Price, Siler; 
R. L. Shields, Smallwood; C. L. Spencer, Jr., South Park; Mack P. 
Brown, Steele Creek; Herbert Brown, Star; G. D. Privette, Stephenson; 
J. R. Abernathy, Sugaw Creek; E. L. Garrett, Sunset Hills; C. L. 
Elliott, Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasbore; C. W. Gilchrist, Trin- 
ity; S. H. McCall, Jr., Troy; C. H. Ferguson, Wadesboro; C. L. McCain, 
Walkersville; H. H. Massey, Waxhaw; S. M. Cathey, West Avenue; 
Frisca Brown, Westminster; Frank R. Carson, Westover Hills; W. R. 
Price, Williams Memorial; W. D. Rogers, Wilmore — 98. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time 
were introduced. 

The following ministers were introduced to Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren: Dr. Michael P. Testa 
of the Portugal Mission, Chaplain W. C. "Smiley" Williams, 
Rev. Hugh Carter of Roanoke Presbytery. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. Russell M. Kerr, Moderator- 
-in-Nomination was elected as Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
Report of the Committee on Arrangements was made by 
the Rev. James A. Jones, host pastor. 

It is recommended that the Printed Docket as submitted 
be the Docket for the meeting of Presbytery except as follows : 

1. That "Item 3," "History of the Myers Park Church" be omitted. 

2. That "Item 10," "Reception of Ministers and Candidates" be the 
first order of busines immediately after the election of the Moderator. 
The Committee is advised that there are no Candidates to be received. 

3. That the report of the Special Committee appointed to recom- 
mend procedure for the consideration of the Categorical Question in 
the matter of Union be heard immediately after the Reception of 
Ministers. 

4. That following the action of the Presbytery the Docket as printed 
be considered, and in the order of listing according to the several 
items. 

5. That Presbytery take recess for lunch at 12:45 and reconvene at 
2:00 p.m. 



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6. That after the discussion of the Categorical Question on Union 
begins, no business be admitted to the Presbytery until the vote on the 
Question is concluded. Since the Presbytery has Standing Rules con- 
cerning certain items on its Docket, it is agreed that the adoption of 
this report involves the consent of the Presbytery to suspend its rules 
in such matters for this meeting. 

7. That as the third order after lunch the Presbytery resolve itself 
into a Committee of the whole to examine Session records. 

8. That Presbytery adjourn at will. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Warner L. Hall 
Fred C. Debele 
Jas. A. Jones 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Rev. Warner L. Hall, Retiring Moderator. 

2. Memorial to Rev. E. L. Flanagan by Rev. W. H. Johnston. 

3. History of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church — Rev. J. A. Jones. 

4. Enrollment of Presbytery — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Breth- 

ren, Introduction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the 
first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. Russell M. Kerr, Moderator-Nominee. 

6. Report of Committee on Arrangements — Rev. J. A. Jones. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. (Two ministers and two 

Elders.) 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

6. Sessional Records. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

3. Committee on Education — Rev. L. I. Stell. 

4. Committee on Assembly's Work — Rev. A. Leslie Thompson. 

13. Report of Standing Committees. (See 7 above.) 

14. Report of Treasurers and Trustees. 

15. Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly. 

16. Election of Commissioners to the General Assembly. (Second Order 

after lunch.) 

17. Report of Committee appointed by Presbytery to make plans for 



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the discussion and vote on Church Union. (Special Order for 
10 a.m.) 

18. Unfinished Business. (Manual Changes.) 

19. New Business. 

1. Report of Special Committee on Program of "Forward with 
Christ." 

20. Place of Next Meeting. 

21. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after Lunch.) 

22. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

23. Adjournment. 

Ministers Received — The following ministers seeking mem- 
bership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented certificates of 
Transfer: the Rev. E. Lee Stoffel from North Alabama Pres- 
bytery and the Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson, from Asheville 
Presbytery. These certificates being found in order, the Pres- 
bytery proceeded to examine the ministers in accordance 
with the provisions of the Book of Church Order. The exami- 
nation was approved as satisfactory and they were enrolled 
upon the signing of the Covenant. 

Special Order of the Day — The hour appointed for the 
special order of the day having arrived, the Committee ap- 
pointed by Presbytery to make plans for the discussion and 
vote on Church Union made the following report through its 
Chairman Rev. Samuel M. Inman. The following recommen- 
dations were made : 

"Report of the special committee to make arrangements for the 
discussion and consideration of the Assembly's Action on Church Union 
referred to Mecklenburg Presbytery." 

Your special committee has had several meetings and has given 
most careful consideration to the responsibility assigned to it. We 
would make the following recommendations: 

1. That the Presbytery engage in a discussion of the matter of 
Church Union with speakers being heard alternately for each side as 
far as possible. 

2. That each side be allowed a total of sixty minutes, if they so 
desire, before a call for the question will be in order. 

3. That each speaker speak only once for a time not exceeding ten 
minutes. 

4. That the Reverend Warner Hall be heard as the first speaker for 
Union, and that Elder Angus Shaw be heard as the first speaker against 
Union. 

5. That the parliamentary law forbidding discussion after the call 
for the question be set aside and that the following apply in this 
case: After the call for the question has been acted on by the Presby- 
tery, the Reverend James A. Jones be heard for not exceeding fifteen 
minutes as the closing speaker for Union, and that the Reverend C. G. 



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McClure be heard for not exceeding fifteen minutes as the closing 
speaker against Union. No other speakers are to be heard and no fur- 
ther discussion is to be allowed after the call for the question. 

6. That Presbytery vote by roll call from the enollment cards with- 
out designation of church or office. After the close of the debate the 
Presbytery engage in a season of silent prayer to be closed by the Mod- 
erator, after which the vote will be taken without further discussion or 
debate from the floor. 

7. That the Stated Clerk be authorized to pay the traveling expenses 
of Dr. L. Nelson Bell, Mr. Paul Hastings, and Mr. Halbert Jones who 
led the discussions in the popular meetings sponsored by this committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. G. C. McClure 

Rev. Sam Zealy 

Rev. Lawrence I. Stell 

Elder James Barnhart 

Elder Angus Shaw 

Rev. Samuel M. Inman, Chmn. 

The report as presented was adopted with the amendment 
of item No. 6 to read "by roll call each answering by secret 
ballot." 

All former Moderators of Mecklenburg Presbytery were 
granted the privilege of the floor during the discussion of the 
question of "Union." 

A debate on the question of "Union" engaged the time of 
Presbytery until time for recess for lunch. A motion was 
made granting the right to commissioners officially excused 
by Presbytery before recess for lunch to cast their ballots be- 
fore leaving the session for the day. Presbytery recessed for 
lunch as it was led in prayer by Dr. J. W. Grier. 



AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2:00 p.m. and was led in prayer 
by the Moderator. 

After both sides had consumed the allotted time for debate 
on the question of "Union," the question being called for, 
Presbytery heard Dr. James A. Jones sum up the case for 
"Union" and Dr. Charles G. McClure sum up the case against 
"Union." The categorical question was read by the Modera- 
tor, after which Presbytery engaged in a season of silent 
prayer concluded by a prayer by the Moderator. A roll call 
vote by secret ballot was taken. A committee of tellers of 
which the Rev. A. Leslie Thompson was chairman, was ap- 



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pointed to count the ballots. The result was 66 votes cast 
for ''Union" and 131 votes against ''Union." 

Standing Committees — ^The Moderator appointed the fol- 
lowing Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures — Rev. Warner L. Hall, Chairman; Rev. Ro- 
bert F. Boyd, T. W. Gilchrist, James Sifford, H. H. Massey. 

2. Installations — Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Chairman; Rev. F. C. Wilkin- 
son, Berchal L. McNeely, Jr., R. H. Fetner, Sr. 

3. Judicial Business — Rev. Harold D. Hayward, Chairman; Rev. 
Henry S. Robinson, I. W. Stewart, Jack Tate. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. David E. Wilkinson, Chairman; Rev. T. W. 
MacLean, F. D. McLeod, Fresca Brown. 

5. Records of Presbytery — Rev. E. D. Cooper, Chairman; Rev. James 
R. Cook, H. G. Torrence, J. I. Phillips. 

6. Sessional Records — Rev. Kirk N. Nesbit, Chairman; Rev. W. M. 
Mitchell, J. Reid Abernethy, Harry E. Keller. 

Pastoral Dissolution — The Rev. William A. Gamble asked 
the Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral relationship between 
himself and the St. Paul Church effective January 20, 1955, 
to accept a call to the Hollandale Presbyterian Church, Hol- 
landale, Mississippi. On the hearing from the Church's rep- 
resentative that the congregation had concurred in the pas- 
tor's request, Mr. Gamble was dismissed to the Central Mis- 
sissippi Presbytery. The Clerk was instructed to send a letter 
of commendation for his work and service among us. 

Nomination of Moderator — The Rev. Carl S. Miller of the 
Rockingham Church was elected as the Moderator-in-Nomina- 
tion for the Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

Commissioners to the General Assembly — The following 
Commissioners to the General Assembly meeting at Richmond, 
Va., June 2, 1955 were elected: 

Ministers Elders 

Russell M. Kerr J. R. Abernethy, Sugaw Creek 

Carl S. Miller C. W. Gilchrist, Trinity 

W. B. Neill C. L. Elliott, Tenth Ave. 

W. T. Smith H. H. Massey, Waxhaw 

W. M. Boyce L. Hunter Pharr, Sardis 

Stev^^art W. Yandle John C. Ashcraft, Plaza 

David E. Wilkinson R. V. Mason, Caldwell Memorial 

J. R. Crook S. H. McCall, Jr., Troy 



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Ministers (Alternates) Elders (Alternates) 

Robert Turner C. A. Bolt, Marshville 

A. T. Taylor W. X. Yerton, Newell 

Henry Schum John A. Tate, Jr., Myers Park 

J. Sam Garner Boyce L. Ranson, West Ave. 

Tom W. MacLean R. S. Hutchison, Covenant 

Hugh P. Pollard F. C. Stanton, Commonwealth 

Shelton M. Hutchison J. Price Robinson, Wilmore 

Robert G. Balnicky Merle D. Randle, Huntersville 

Sessional Records — Presbytery resolved itself into a Com- 
mittee of the whole to examine the Sessional records. The 
Committee on Sessional Records reported that 98 Sessional 
records were examined. Those churches failing to bring Ses- 
sional records at this meeting were instructed to bring them 
to the Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed as indicated. 

1. From the Synod of Texas offering a resolution on "Union" to be 
read. Received as information. 

2. From Mecklenburg Presbytery Senior High Fellowship Youth 
Council urging a favorable vote on "Union." Received as information. 

3. From Dr. John O. Lafferty declining his appointment on the 
Sub-Committee of Religious Education. Request granted. 

4. From the Board of Church Extension, Division of Home Missions 
submitting a record of the activities of Chaplains Wm. M. Boyce, Jr., 
and James Brown Reeves. Received as information. 

5. From the following churches requesting permission to raise 
their pastors salaries: Trinity, Norwood, Monroe, Sugaw Creek, Biscoe, 
Albemarle, Siler, Indian Trail, Rockingham, Nevin, Philadelphia, Wil- 
liams Memorial, Badin, McQuay, Clanton Memorial, Smallwood, Mul- 
berry, Westover Hills. The requests were granted. 

(It was reported that McQuay, Memorial, Indian Hill, Locust, Biscoe, 
and Star Churches had come to full self-support. A motion was made 
to commend them.) 

6. From the Treasurer of Presbytery a statement concerning its 
funds. Received as information. 

7. From the Sub-Committee on Home Missions requesting that the 
Presbytery authorize the Trustees of the Presbytery to deed the prop- 
erty purchased and given by the George Goodyear Co. to the trustees 
of the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church — and that it be deeded in two 
separate sections, this two-deed request coming from the Forest Hills 
Church. Trustees were so authorized. 

8. From the attorneys for N. B. Krimminger authorizing and em- 
powering the Trustees of Mecklenburg Presbytery to convey and do 
all things necessary for carrying out the agreements of the sale of 
property to him conveyed to them by deed from the Trustees of the 
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Resolution passed. 



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RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the Mecklenburg Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church 
of the Synod of North Carolina of the Presbyterian Church of the 
United States, in the regular stated or quarterly Session duly assembled 
on January 19, 1955, in the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Char- 
lotte, North Carolina, pursuant to proper notice and the regulations 
as provided in the by-laws or manuel of said Presbytery, to handle all 
business matters brought before said meeting, believe that it is to the 
best interests of said Mecklenburg Presbytery to transfer and convey to 
N. B. Krimminger and wife, Eula B. Krimminger, for a consideration of 
$3,000.00, a fee simple title to that certain portion of Lots 19 and 20, 
in Block 7, of that subdivision known as Brookdale "revised," a plat of 
which subdivision is recorded in Map Book 6, at page 27 in the Office 
of the Register of Deeds for Mecklenburg County, the same being that 
certain property conveyed to John S. Cansler, W. H. Abernathy and 
Thomas C. Ruff, trustees of the Mecklenburg Presbytery of the Presby- 
terian Church of the Synod of North Carolina of the Presbyterian 
Church of the United States, by William A. Massey, Theodore Avery and 
Hyder, Massey, Jr., trustees for Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, and 
which is recorded in the Mecklenburg Registry in Book 1703, at page 
277, reference to which is hereby made. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following duly 
elected Trustees of this Presbytery, to-wit: John S. Cansler, W. H. 
Abernathy and Thomas C. Ruff, be, and they are hereby, fully authorized 
and empowered in the name of this Presbytery to execute and deliver 
to N. B. Krimminger and wife, Eula B. Krimminger, a good and sufficient 
warranty deed to the above-described land and to accept in considera- 
tion therefor the sum of $3,000.00; and the said Trustees for the 
Mecklenburg Presbytery are further authorized and empowered to do 
all other needful and necessary acts for carrying out the aforesaid 
purposes; and all of the acts of the Said Trustees in carrying out the 
purposes expressed in this resolution be, and they are, hereby in all re- 
spects ratified and approved by the Mecklenburg Presbytery; and it is 
further ordered that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the 
minutes of this Presbytery in full. 

This 18th day of January, 1955. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — The fol- 
lowing Report of the Commission of the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to record. 

1. Granted the request of Rev. F. R. McAlister for a letter to 
transfer to Piedmont Presbytery. 

2. Dissolved the relation existing between Rev. Olin M. Whitener 
and the Camp Greene Church, and dismissed Mr. Whitener to Orange 
Presbytery. 

3. Approved the following calls: 

Rev. Joseph McClure for the Huntersville Church. 
Rev. James L. Doom for the Hamlet Church. 
Rev. Arthur T. Taylor for the Newell Church. 
Rev. E. Lee Stoffel for the First Church, Charlotte. 
Rev. G. A. Fletcher for the Waxhaw Church. 



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Rev. W. N. Clark for the Mt. Gilead Church. 

Mr. W. D. Lively for the Brainerd field. 

Rev. M. R. Williamson for the Tenth Ave. Church. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Roswell Long, Chairman 

An overture presented by the Commission directed to the 
Board of Annuities and Rehef to arrange payment of the 
earned annuity to the annuitant who has reached the age of 
72 was recommended to the Commission to be presented at 
the Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

Calls for the services of Rev. E. Lee Stoffel and Rev. Mal- 
colm R. Williamson were found in order and placed in their 
hands. 

Repart of Other Commissions — The Commission appointed 
to install the Rev. Hugh Jefferson made its report which was 
admitted to the record. 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Rev. Hugh 
M. Jefferson as Pastor of South Park Church met in the Pastor's study 
at 7:20 p.m., October 3, 1954, and was called to order by the Chairman, 
Dr. R. H. Stone. The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. James 
S. Garner. Members present — Dr. R. H. Stone, Rev. J. S. Garner, Rev. 
Ben F. Moore, Elders, Dewey Klutz and Rufus A. Grier. Rufus A. Grier 
was elected secretary. 

The Commission then joined the congregation in a service of wor- 
ship led by Dr. Stone, Elder Dewey Klutz led the offertory prayer, 
Rev, Ben F. Moore preached the sermon on ''Kings and Priests" (Reve- 
lation 1:5, 6), Dr. Stone propounded the constitutional questions to the 
Pastor and Congregation. Rev. J. S. Garner gave the charge to the 
Pastor and Elder Rufus A. Grier to the Congregation. 

The benediction was pronounced by the newly-installed Pastor, Rev. 
Hugh M. Jefferson. While the officers and congregation were welcom- 
ing their Pastor and his family, the Commission retired, reviewed and 
approved the minutes and adjourned with prayer by Rev. Ben F. Moore. 

R. H. Stone, Chairman 
R. A. Grier, Secretary 

MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY BENEVOLENT FUND 

STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 
FOR THE YEAR 1954 

Receipts from Churches, Women of the Church, Sunday Schools, 
Youth Organizations and individuals the sum of $339,929.27 which has 
been disbursed as follows: 



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ASSEMBLY'S CAUSES: 

World Missions $ 87,894.10 

Church Extension 40,090.34 

Annuities and Relief 16,104.27 

Christian Education 15,783.76 

General Fund 19,726.11 

Inter-Church Agencies 586.75 

Negro Work Campaign 1,441.50 

Overseas Relief 1,371.63 

Ometepec 40.77 

Guidance Centers & Christian Art 11.75 

Negro Nurseries 17.75 

Indonesian Fund 31.25 

American Bible Society 276.25 

Mountain Retreat Association 2.00 

Oklahoma Presbyterian College 5.00 

Stillman College 5.00 

SYNOD'S CAUSES: 

Church Extension $ 12,864.40 

Educational Institutions 39,815.42 

Presbyterian Orphans Home 16,565.63 

Presbyterian Home 5,072.60 

The William Black Home 1,749.68 

Religious Education 4,380.83 

Student Work 2,907.58 

N. C. Council and Allied Church League 613.90 

U. T. S. Development Campaign 2,375.00 

Queens College 1.00 

PRESBYTERY'S CAUSES: 

Church Extension $ 55,962.32 

Religious Education 3,278.96 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 662.50 

South Tryon Negro Work 2,312.79 

Bi-Centennial Committee 87.50 

The W. H. Belk Fund 6,233.50 

Presbytery's Office 25.00 

Presbytery's Youth Treasurer 20.00 

MISCELLANEOUS CAUSES: 

Alexander Home $ 1,275.02 

Bible in Public Schools 206.49 

C. R. O. P 57.92 

C. A. R. E 1.00 

Mission to Lepers 50.00 

World Council of Churches 2.00 

United Church Women 20.00 



$339,929.27 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 



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Financial Report to 
THE HOME MISSION COMMITTEE 

January 20, 1954 - January 15, 1955 

RECEIPTS 

Balance Jan. 20, 1954 $10,867.92 

Benevolent Account 55,962.32 

Belk Brothers Company 3,500.00 

Vacation Fund 719.60 

Negro Delegates 539.85 

Myers Park Men's Club 1,869.00 

Banks Church 1,500.00 

For Seigle Avenue Summer Work 1,050.00 

Sale of U. S. Treasury Bonds 5,064.05 

R. A. Dunn Legacy 1,176.75 

Sale of Erdman Love Chapel 4,491.75 

Board of Ch. Extension (S. Tryon) 5,000.00 

Myers Park Church (Special) 250.00 

Sale of Materials 34.12 

Dividends 36.75 

Refund 93.38 



$92,155.49 $92,155.49 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Salaries and Supplies $25,694.62 

Negro Work — Including Salaries 11,908.76 

Director of Internal Revenue 1,964.55 

Minister to the Hospitals 3,300.00 

M. A. F. Dues 1,457.66 

Vacation Fund 729.50 

Book Account 231.60 

Christmas Checks 700.00 

Moving Ministers 559.08 

Church and Manse Bldg. Fund 117.28 

Insurance 377.61 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 592.00 

Movie Projector (Trade) 220.00 

Expense at Woodlawn 362.50 

Hauling 97.00 

Warehouse 731.10 

Negro Delegates 630.50 

Committee on Evangelism 34.25 

Belk Chapel (Loan) 2,369.00 

Belk Chapel 225.00 

N. Charlotte Manse 1,720.00 

S. Tryon Presbyterian Work 3,351.88 

Belk Presbyterian Manse 1,000.00 

Camden Presbyterian Church 1,000.00 

McQuay Memorial Manse 1,000.00 

Turner Presbyterian Manse 2,000.00 

Brainerd Presbyterian Church 3,400.00 

Belk S. S. House 700.00 

Taxes .95 

Seigle Avenue Work 1,050.00 



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Miscellaneous Expenses 354.54 



$67,879.38 $67,879.38 



Balance $24,276.11 

(Of this balance, $22,000.00 has been appropriated and $1,250.00 is 
designated, leaving a working balance of $1,016.11.) 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 

REPORT OF THE W. H. BELK FUND 

January 20, 1954 - January 17, 1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance January 20, 1954 $14,403.42 

Orange Grove Note 5,000.00 

Interest on Orange Grove Notes 1,200.00 

Payments on Other Loans Includ. Interest 3,677.20 

Mrs. W. H. Belk 850.00 

Mrs. Sarah Belk Gambrell 600.00 

Home Federal (Reserve) 5,000.00 

Refunds on Orange Grove Closing Sale . . 33.50 

$30,764.12 $30,764.12 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

For Catechism Awards $ 259.00 

Mr. R. J. Belk 900.00 

Miss Daisy E. Walkup 600.00 

G. F. Schrum (Note for W. H. Belk Ch. lot) 1,000.00 

George Goodyear Co. (Forest Hill Prop.) 10,550.00 

Star Presbyterian Church 1,000.00 

Davidson College 5,000.00 

Loans 8,200.00 

Belk Manse $5,000.00 

Belk Church 2,000.00 

Park Avenue Church 1,200.00 

Service Charge .86 

$27,509.86 $27,509.86 
Balance $ 3,254.26 

Notes payable in this account — $12,271.19. 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 



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Report of 

MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S CHURCH AND MANSE 

BUILDING FUND 

January 20, 1954 - January 17, 1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance $2,822.38 

Balance on Woodlawn Call 66.50 

McQuay Manse Call 1,275.83 

W. H. Belk Manse 1,355.83 

W. H. Belk Chapel 300.00 

Forest Hill Manse 1,053.83 

$6,874.37 $6,874.37 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Belk Presbyterian Chapel $ 300.00 

McQuay Memorial Manse 1,275.83 

W. H. Belk Presbyterian Manse 1,355.33 

S. Tryon St. (Shuman Ave. Call) 1,431.83 

$4,362.99 $4,362.99 

Balance $2,511.38 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 

Financial Report of 
MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND 

December 31, 1953 - January 17, 1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance $ 521.29 

For Scholarships (three students) 1,440.00 

$1,961.29 $1,961.29 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Account of W. H. McLeod $1,212.46 

Flora Macdonald College 161.00 

Walter B. Satterfield 240.00 

$1,613.46 $1,613.46 

Balance $ 347.83 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Treasurer 



28 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Report of the Treasurer of 
PRESBYTERY'S EXPENSE FUND 

BALANCE ON HAND— January 1, 1954 $ 3,256.16 

Received from the Churches 25,907.61 

Total Receipts $29,163.77 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

R. H. Stone, Treasurer, Presbytery's 

Office Expense $11,082.00 

B. A. Estridge, Treasurer, Camp 

Stewart Expense 4,800.00 

E. C. Scott, Treasurer, General 

,^ Assembly's Assess 3,708.12 

H. J. Dudley, Treasurer, Synod's Assess. 1,311.93 

Presbytery's Expense at Meetings 300.00 

Lassiter Corp. — Printing Minutes 962.00 

Kale-Lawing Co. — Supplies 11.80 

Postage 127.89 

Presbyterian Book Store — Supplies 43.23 

Longine & Potter, Inc., Statistical Reports 36.50 

Auditor's Fee 5.00 

Stated Clerk Salary 600.00 

Stated Clerk Office Help 600.00 

Minister's Annuity Fund 45.00 

Permanent Clerk — Salary 40.00 

Assistant Clerk— Salary 40.00 

Travel Expense — Commission 7.00 

R. H. Stone, Bonus 50.00 

Total Disbursements $23,770.49 $23,770.49 

BALANCE ON HAND— January 1, 1955 $ 5,393.28 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Treasurer 

Financial Report of the 
OFFICE OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY FOR 1954 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance— January 7, 1954 $ 434.33 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Treasurer— Tax Fund . . 11,082.00 

Committee on Religious Education 3,015.02 

For MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERIAN 449.99 

For Showing Steagall Film 422.22 

Projection of Presbytery's Steagall Film.. 90.00 

Charlotte Preaching Mission 11.53 

Benevolent Account 25.00 



$15,530.09 $15,530.09 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salary of Secretary $ 4,400.00 

Travel Allowance for Secretary 1,000.00 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 29 



Manse Allowance 1,200.00 

M. A. F. Dues 330.00 

Salary of Office Secretary 2,198.88 

Director of Internal Revenue 539.40 

Salaries for Camp Stewart 2,913.00 

Office Expense 811.17 

THE MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERIAN 485.74 

Rev. C. R. Steagall's Visit 422.22 

Investment in Steagall Film and Recorder 324.91 

Audit 50.00 

Belk Presbyterian Chapel — Benev. Acct. . 25.00 

The Herald Press (Loan to Bi-Cen. Com.) 122.76 

A. F. Dancy Co. (Trade in Typewriter) . . 152.90 

$14,975.98 $14,975.98 
Balance $ 554.11 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. H. Stone, Secretary 

Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council read 
its report and it was received as information. A recommenda- 
tion that the unpaid Presbyterian Taxes for 1953 and years 
preceding be cancelled, was adopted. 

Report on Education — A report on the work at Camp Ste- 
wart was heard and received as information, the Rev. James 
R. Crook reporting for the Pioneer Camp and the Rev. David 
E. Wilkinson on the Senior Camp. 

Report of the Committee on Assembly's Work — The Sub- 
committee on World Missions presented a written report and 
it was received as information. 

The Report of the Committee on Installations — The Com- 
mittee on Installations made the following report which was 
adopted : 

We recommend the appointment of the following Commissions: 

1. To install Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, D.D.: Rev. Warner L. Hall to 
charge the pastor, the Rev. James A. Jones to charge the congregation, 
and Rev. Lawrence I. Stell to preach the sermon, and the Rev. Watt M. 
Cooper, Alternate. Elders to serve on the Commission are T. E. Spar- 
row, Charlotte First, and W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial Church. The 
time for the installation service is January 23, 1955 at First Presby- 
terian Church, 7:00 p.m. 

2. To install Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson: Dr. Roy E. Hoke to pro- 
pound constitutional questions, Rev. Cecil Lawrence to preach the ser- 
mon, Mr. B. S. Gray to charge the minister, and Mr. David Kimbrell to 
charge the congregation, and the Rev. Robert Turner to serve as chair- 
man of the Commission. The time for the installation is January 30, 
1955 at 7:30 p.m. 



30 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions was heard and the report was adopted: 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg meeting in the Myers Park Presby- 
terian Church, January 18, 1955 records its gratitude: 

1. To the ministers and people of the host church for all that they 
have so graciously done to provide for the needs of the Presbytery. 

2. To those who have so efficiently and delightfully served our needs 
in the dining room. 

3. To our retiring moderator, Rev. Warner L. Hall, for his sermon, 
which so searchingly moved our hearts and called us to a spirit of 
humility, love and responsibility with respect to the urgent matter 
before the body. 

4. To our moderator, Rev. Russell M. Kerr, for the calm, patient, 
effective manner in which he guided the deliberations of the Presbytery 
through a momentous and strenuous session. 

5. To Almighty God our Heavenly Fathei' for His gracious provi- 
dence and loving spirit manifest in many ways during the day. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. David E. Wilkinson, Chmn. 

Elder F. D. MacLeod 

Elder Fresca Brown 

Rev. Thomas W. MacLean 

Nominations — The Committee on Nominations recom- 
mended the name of Mr. Thomas P. Graham for appointment 
to the Religious Education Committee to take the place of 
Dr. John E. Lafferty who found it impossible to accept his 
appointment to this committee. 

Annual Statistical Report — The Stated Clerk gave a partial 
report of the Annual Statistical Report to the Assembly and 
was authorized to complete the report to the Assembly. 

Committee on Presbytery's Records — The Committee on 
Presbytery's Minutes read its report and it was adopted and 
admitted to record. 

The Committee finds the minutes of Presbytery meetings on July 
10, 1954, September 14, 1954 and October 21, 1954 as printed in order 
with the following exceptions: P. 26 where committee was appointed 
"to lead the discussion on Church Union at January meeting" should 
read "To make recommendations to the January meeting concerning 
the method to be followed in presentation of the case for and against 
Church Union and the method of voting on the issue at that time." 

The clerks are commended for their diligence in keeping the Pres- 
bytery minutes. 

James R. Crook, Acting Chmn. 

M. G. Lyerly 

F. 0. Brown 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 31 

Manual Changes — The second reading of a change in the 
Manual so that the Sub-Committee on Religious Education 
be made the Committee on Christian Education was heard 
and adopted. 

The second reading of the Manual change for the method 
of the election of Commissioners to the General Assembly 
was lost. A motion was made that the Council of Presbytery 
study the matter of the method of electing commissioners 
to the General Assembly and that they recommend a plan. 

Prayer for the Sick — Presbytery was led in prayer by Rev. 
Harold Hayward for the sick members and their loved ones. 

Report of the Committee on "Forward with Christ" — A re- 
port of the Committee on the 'Torward with Christ" move- 
ment was presented and received as information. 

Next Meeting — Presbytery accepted the invitation of the 
First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, to meet with them at 
the Spring Meeting, April 12, 1955. 

Invitations Accepted — Presbytery accepted the invitation 
of the Religious Education Committee to meet on the grounds 
of Camp Stewart in July. Presbytery also accepted the invita- 
tion of the Sugaw Creek Church to meet with them in the Fall. 

Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The minutes were read and adopted. 

Rev. Russell M. Kerr led the closing prayer and Presbytery 
adjourned to meet April 12, 1955, 9 a.m. at the Monroe First 
Church for its next Stated Session. 

Russell M. Kerr, Moderator 
F. C. Debele, Stated Clerk 
R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Two Hundred Eighth 

Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 

First Presbyterian Church 
Monroe, N. C. 
April 12, 1955 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Eighth Stated Session in the First Presbyterian Church, 
Monroe, N. C, at 9 a.m. on the above date. 

The Rev. Russell M. Kerr, the Moderator, presided and 
led the opening worship, assisted by the Rev. H. D. Hay- 
ward. The sermon on "Sonship" was based on text in Ephes- 
ians 1:5. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated 
under the leadership of Rev. W. M. Boyce and Rev. David 
Wilkinson assisted by the elders of the churches of Presbytery. 

The following Memorial to Rev. T. H. Mitchell, prepared 
by the Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, was read by the Rev. Fred 
Debele, Jr., and adopted. 

Thomas Harvel Mitchell was born in Boston, Kentucky, on July 14, 
1889. He and his sister Lily were educated at home by their school- 
teacher parents, Joel Tunstall Mitchell and Mary Mitchell. As the fa- 
ther moved about the home missions of the Presbyterian Church, U. S., 
Thomas acquired his secondary schooling in various academies and 
boarding schools. He attended Missouri State Normal, Westminster Col- 
lege, Fulton, Mo., and obtained his A.B. degree from Maryville Col- 
lege at Maryville, Tennessee, in 1915, having taught school for a num- 
ber of years to obtain money to finish his education. 

Tom served in France during World War I, and after returning 
home he spent most of his time for the next few years in Veterans 
hospitals. 

In 1922 he entered Princeton Seminary from which he graduated 
in 1925. In May 1924 he was married to Esther Mary Kell, whom 
he had known since Maryville days. He was ordained in 1927 by Con- 
cord Presbytery as an evangelist. He served in the Presbyterian Church, 
U. S., until 1931 when he received a call to Mineral Ridge, Ohio, in the 
Presbyterian Church, U. S. A. In 1936 at the time of the conflict in 
the Northern Church he withdrew and became a minister in the Orthodox 
Presbyterian Church, serving the church in Youngstown, Ohio. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 33 



In 1938 he returned to North Carolina and served a field in Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery, consisting of Bethlehem, Peachland and Polkton. 

He became connected with the N. C. State Board of Health in 1942 
and served in a supervisory capacity in the offices in Raleigh until 
his death, December 8, 1954. 

He and Mrs. Mitchell have tv^^o sons, John, dean of boys in the 
Durham City High School, and Robert, an assistant editor on the 
"Raleigh Times." 

Mr. Mitchell v^^as a very thorough, painstaking man, endeavoring to 
do a good job with any task assigned to him. He was a tireless worker, 
and was always zealous that truth be kept from error. With his 
passing the Presbyterian Church has lost a staunch friend. 

The history of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe 
was read by Mrs. William J. Brewer and was adopted. 

HISTORY OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

OF 
MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA 

The early History of Presbyterianism in Monroe is incomplete, as 
no permanent records can be found. It is knovm that somewhere be- 
tween 1850-1855 a Presbyterian Church was organized in Monroe with 
12 members and that D. F. Hardin, Aaron Stegall, F. C. Williams and 
Mr. Alexander were elected Elders. A short time before this church was 
organized a new county called Union County was formed from parts of 
Mecklenburg and Anson, with Monroe as the county seat. The Monroe 
church being organized in a new town was for some reason permitted 
to die. And for 20 years or more there was no Presbyterian Church in 
Monroe, and only one small country church in the county. During this 
period came the War between the States when the South was almost 
depleted of men and many of our college boys and older school boys 
were called to the colors, and following the war it endured the humili- 
ating and harassing days of reconstruction. During these dark days it 
really seemed that if there ever was an opportunity for Presbyterianism 
in Union County that day had passed. 

The field appeared to be thoroughly occupied with other denomina- 
tions. But the growth of Monroe, the building of new railways, the 
springing up of new towns along these lines, the incoming of Presby- 
terians seeking business and homes, ushered in a brighter day for 
a church here. 

Mr. Legette Blythe in his book, "William Henry Belk — Merchant of 
the South" says Mr. Belk as a child attended Old Tirzah A. R. P. 
Church, near the Belk home. 

A dispute arose in the church, cause unknown. The pastor. Dr. 
Robinson, decided the thing to do was to turn over to the regular Presby- 
terian Church, and about two-thirds of the members were in accord with 
the pastor. So Old Tirzah became a Presbyterian Church and Mrs. 
Belk, mother of W, H. Belk, was very happy. 

There was not a Presbyterian Church in Union County when the 
Belk family moved to Monroe. There were a few Presbyterians in 
Monroe at that time. Mr. Belk's mother, Mrs. Sarah Walkup Belk 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Simpson, started a Sunday School with the help of Dr. Daniel A. Penick, 
and later a church was organized with 17 members. 

With a view of reorganizing a Presbyterian Church in Monroe, 
occasional preaching services were held during the years 1870-1873, 
by Dr. Daniel A. Penick of Rocky River Presbyterian Church of the 
Concord Presbytery, Rev. W. M. McDonald of Philadelphia Church, 
and Rev. R. Z. Johnson of Providence Presbyterian Church. 

In early of 1873 the Mecklenburg Presbytery appointed the Rev. S. 
C. Alexander to organize a church in Monroe. The Church was organized 
September 26, 1873, and today our church is the oldest church organized 
by Mecklenburg Presbytery; not the first, but oldest, as the first church 
organized is not now in existence. 

The Rev. S. C. Alexander was engaged for one-fourth of his time. 
Col. Samuel H. Walkup, and W. M. H. Fitzgerald, were elected Elders 
and they with 11 other members were not slow in securing a house 
for worship. The Methodist Episcopal Church offered to sell their build- 
ing, a small one-room house located on the present site, for a sum of 
$1,300.00. The Elders, with a few other members, gave their individual 
note for the property. When the note became due these individuals with 
a little help from Presbytery paid off the note and had the property 
conveyed to themselves. It was almost two years later before the title 
was formally made to the trustees of the church. 

Where the Presbyterians held services and Sunday School before 
they purchased the little church from the Methodists is a supposition. 
Likely in the homes, too they might have gone to Tirzah or Old 
Union. Miss Minnie Simpson, one of our oldest members, says the oldest 
Presbyterian Church in Union County was the Old Union Presbyterian 
Church, and was located not far from Bethlehem Presbyterian Church 
on the Concord highway. Miss Minnie's father attended Old Union 
Church when he was a boy, and he was born in 1809. 

Bethlehem is a granddaughter of Old Union, a few generations re- 
moved. As an indication of the terrible struggle this new church had 
to undergo it is necessary to show its growth under its different pastors 
for its 25 years of existence. During the administration of its first 
pastor, the Rev. S. C. Alexander, from 1873-1877, the membership was 
increased from 13 to 36. Some of the members were Mr. W. H. Fitz- 
gerald, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Trott, Mr. W. H. Simpson, Mrs. Lucinda 
Simpson, Mr. Samuel H. Walkup, Mrs. Sarah N. Simpson, Mrs. Isa- 
bella Austin, Mrs. Cynthia McLellan, Mrs. J. F. Hilton, Mr. Jasper 
Swann, Mr. John R. Simpson, Mr. Enoch Yandle, Mr. James F. Austin, 
and Miss Sallie Simpson. Eleven of these came from other Presbyterian 
Churches and were received by certificate and five on profession of 
faith. In January 1875 Mecklenburg Presbytery paid to the Committee 
the sum of $800.00, and the title was formally made on the 30th of 
January to the trustees of the Presbyterian Church. 

The Rev. R. A. Miller who was compelled to resign on account of 
ill health after serving the church seven years, from 1877-1884, received 
into the church 64 communicants, but due to removal by dismissal and 
death the membership of the church was not greatly increased. 

The Rev. P. R. Law was next called and served until the latter 
part of 1887. Thirty-four were received into the church during his pas- 
torate. During this pastorate the frame manse was built which burned 
while the Rev. D. P. McGeachy was pastor of the church. The Rev. 
C. W. Robinson entered upon the work as pastor ealy in the year 1888 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PEESBYTERY 35 



and continued until June 1890, when he was called to another field. 
Thirty-eight members were received during his pastorate. The church 
was without a pastor from June 1890-1891, when the Rev. H. M. Dixon 
was called from evangelistic work in Charleston Presbytery to this his 
first pastoral work. He entered upon the work in May 1891 and continued 
through 1902. During his ministry 112 members were added, but the 
church during his administration, as well as those who preceded him, 
lost heavily through death and dismissal, and the report sent to Presby- 
tery for that year showed only 86 members living within its bounds. 

About this period in our church history the South was fast returning 
to normal. Progress was showing on every hand. Its merchants and 
business enterprises were able to accumulate surpluses and especially 
was this true in this section. This being true, Mr. Dixon, with his 
Session and Board of Deacons, began laying plans for the erection of a 
new church building. The following members were appointed as the 
Building Committee of the new church: R. A. Morrow, chairman; Dr. 
J. M. Belk, treasurer; S. 0. Blair, secretary; W. A. Lane, C. H. Polly, 
S. B. Hart, G. W. Van Pelt, and Rev. H. M Dixon Today this church 
stands as a memorial of the planning and untiring efforts of Rev. H. 
M. Dixon, his official boards, and the membership of 96 loyal workers. 

The history would not be complete if it were not made known that 
the beautiful chandeliers in the building were gifts of a faithful and 
devoted woman of the church, Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Fitzgerald, at a cost 
of $500.00. Her name is commemorated today by the beautiful hospital 
of our city, which bears her name. Rev. H. M. Dixon was succeeded 
by Rev. George H. Atkinson, who served the church for five years, 1903- 
1909. All bear witness to his fidelity, his energy, and his enterprise, 
for it was during his ministry that the debt of the new church was paid 
off and the building dedicated to the glory of God, April 8, 1906. 

Rev. George F. Roberson supplied for about a year when Rev. R. F. 
Kirkpatrick was called. He served about two years, 1910-1912. Much 
construction work was done during his ministry. The church is indebted 
to his energy and enthusiasm for the pipe organ, which was installed 
during his administration. He was called to the Second Presbyterian 
Church of Memphis, Tenn., the part of 1912. He was suc- 

ceeded by Dr. H. E. Gurney who was faithful to every phase of the work. 
He served the church 11 years, 1912-1923. Rev. W. B. S. Chandler was 
called in the early part of the year 1923. The church can point with 
pride to his splendid record. The first four years showed an increase 
in membership of 154, and other years showed substantial gains. Our 
Sunday School Building stands as a memorial to the planning of Rev. 
Chandler and his faithful and loyal Building Committee. In the fall of 
1932 Mr. Chandler was stricken with paralysis and was not able to 
carry on his work. He resigned his pastorate April 1, 1933. As a 
tribute to his faithful service, he was voted an honoraium of $100.00 
per month for one year. 

He was succeeded by Rev. D. P. McGeachy. The congregation con- 
tinued to grow in numbers, and we trust in the warm and glowing graces 
of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The new brick manse was built 
during Rev. McGeachy's pastorate. The debt on the Educational building- 
was paid during this pastorate also. Rev. McGeachy was called to 
Peace Memorial Presbyterian in Clearwater, Fla., March 1943, thereby 
leaving the church without a pastor until September 1943. When Rev. 
Robert Turner was called. The congregation continued to grow during 
the short pastorate of this loyal and faithful servant of God. An out- 



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standing feature of his administration was the adoption of the Rotary 
System of election of Deacons. Another feature was the morale of 
soldiers at Camp Sutton, and entertainment of the soldiers in out 
recreation center. 

The Rev. Robert Turner resigned to accept work as Secretary of 
Concord Presbytery and left January 1, 1945. 

His successor, Dr. R. F. Whitley, entered upon his work as pastor, 
June 1, 1945. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the present 
pastorate is the emphasis placed upon the young people. Five groups 
meet each Sunday evening with a combined enrollment of eighty-six and 
an average of twelve adult workers. These young people are attending 
church services in large numbers. Special series of sermons are 
preached to them each February, special groups invited, and the church 
has a period of fellowship for them. The regular church attendance has 
increased during the present pastorate, one-third in the morning service, 
and has more than doubled in the evening services. 

The physical improvements of the Sunday School have been out- 
standing. The top floor of the education building has been done over, 
the whole building has been redecorated, and $5,000.00 spent in one year 
on the kitchen, and the establishing of a nursery. 

The budget has been increased from $12,000.00 in 1945 to over 
$24,000.00 in the past year. The report this year will total over $30,- 
000.00, expended to all causes. 

A building fund has been established and over $26,000.00 has been 
saved up in the regular budget. 

The church has received into its membership during the present 
pastorate 389 new members. This is a net increase of 135. We had 
416 members in 1945 and have at present 551. 

The Sunday School is under capable and faithful leadership and 
teachers. The completion of the new Sunday School building in 1931 
has enabled us to do departmental work. It has increased social activities 
of the church. 

Highlights for 1953-54 

Our church has been blessed materially and spiritually during these 
two years. The average attendance at the services has been more than 
in the previous year. The sanctuary was outgrown, which necessitated 
the complete renovation of the Annex. The Board of Deacons with some 
friends purchased pews, refinished them, and installed them for addi- 
tional seating space. They painted the Annex and put down a new 
carpet. They paid for this work outside the church budget at a cost of 
$1,500.00. A public address system was then installed to insure every- 
one hearing distinctly. 

During the past two years 91 members have been received into the 
church, 34 on profession of faith, and half of these have been grown 
people and heads of families. 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL is bursting at the seams. It needs more 
class room space now. The enrollment reached an all-time high during 
the year, 450. The building was painted and the equipment was brought 
up to date. The Sunday School expended $2,400.00 during the past year. 

THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH had their best report yet during 
the past year. Most of their $2,300.00 of contributions went to benevo- 
lences. Over and above their regular budget they established scholar- 



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ships for our two ministerial students now in college, furnished a double 
room at Presbyterian Home in High Point, and contributed about $500 
to local congregational benevolences. 

THE YOUNG PEOPLE have five groups meeting now in expanded 
sessions in the evening. Their evening enrollment is about 90 and 
have an average attendance of about 70. The Senior Girls have formed 
a Vesper Choir and sing for the evening services where the congregation 
is made up of more than half with young people. Five ministers have 
gone out from these groups in the past ten years. 

THE FINANCES of the church are in excellent condition. The 
budget last year was $24,000.00. It contributed $34,040.00. Benevolences 
got $11,009. The building fund amounts now to $56,000.00 at maturity. 
The budget for 1955 has been subscribed. The people are generous and 
are responding magnificently to the future needs of the work. 

As to the past, we can say "Truly the Lord hath done great things 
for us, wherefore we are glad." As to the future, it is our prayer that 
we continue, to devote our resources, and to proceed unafraid, and to 
make Christ and His Church first. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled dur- 
ing the meeting: 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yandell, A. T. Taylor, 
M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, C. D. Whiteley, R. A. Young, D. K. Sny- 
der, W. T. Smith, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. 
Inman, J. O. Mann, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, A. L. 
Thompson, R. F. Whitley, W. L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, J. A. Carriker, 
H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, J. C. Law- 
rence, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. Miller, Watt M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, 
G. Dana Waters, W. J. Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. 
Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. 
Rayburn, H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, 
J. B. Reaves, G. A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Way- 
land, Jr., Kirk N. Nesbit, B. F. Ferguson, J. R. Crook, Crawford A. 
White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, S W. Hogue, C. Don Coffey, I. Howard 
Chadwick, Robert Turner, W. S. Boyce, Dwight L. Barker, Richard V. 
Colen, M. Bland Dudley, F. C. Holder, W. F. Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, 

D. C. Caldwell, Hugh M. Jefferson, Malcolm R. Williamson, E. Lee 
Stoffel— 72. 

Ruling Elders — J. 0. Helms, Altan; Fred Sigmon, Amity; Louis H. 
Meacham, Avondale; J. E. White, Banks; Eugene Secrest, Benton 
Heights; Wilson Knox, Bethel; C. S. Smart, Sr., Bethlehem; E. H. 
Webb, Beulah; J. Edgar Manese, Biscoe; R. V. Mason, Caldwell Me- 
morial; D. E. Phillips, Camden; Hewitt Haney, Cameronian; J. H. Yan- 
dle, Camp Greene; MacDuffie Clark, Candor; S. C. Capps, Central Steele 
Creek; J. N. Stribling, Charlotte First; Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Me- 
morial; W. W. McClure, Cook's Memorial; H. Harold Thompson, John 

E. McCochren, Covenant; John A. Carriker, Jr., Eastminster; T. A. 
Hender, Ellerbe First; E. L. Blackwelder, Forest Hills; S. B. McGuert, 
Hamlet First; C. R. McAuley, Hoperwell; J. Boyd Monteith, Hunters- 
ville; W. J. Lee, Indian Hill; E. J. Stinson, Indian Trail; Joe Clontz, 
Locust; Walter Allred, Macedonia; W. S. Benfield, Mallard Creek; J. W. 
McLauchlin, Mark's Creek; 0. L. Efird, Marshville; W. W. Conder, Sr., 
Matthews; L. C. Reemer, Jr., McGee; J. T. McCaskill, McLean Memorial; 



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J. E. Reid, Jr., McQuay Memorial; B. J. Whitener, Monroe First; V. L. 
Wall, Morven; Harold McFayden, Mt. Carmel; Frank M. Nash, Mt. 
Gilead; Harrill L. Neal, Mulberry; John A. Tate, Jr., Myers Park; Fred 
A. Cochrane, Newell; W. H. Henderson, North Charlotte; F. O. Wentz, 
Norwood; E. O. Ross, Oakboro; Virgil E. Bratton, Park Avenue; P. W. 
Davenport, Paw Creek; Ned E. Dorton, Philadelphia; J. M. Shinn, Plaza; 
P. J. Turner, Pleasant Hill; L. M. Rea, Providence; H. P. Shaw, Ramah; 
William N. Lambert, Ridgecrest; A. M. Stafford, Robinson; J. W. 
Craig, Jr., St. Andrews; W. C. Howie, Sardis; D. J. Sullivan, Sharon; 
Page Price, Siler; K. W. Wiggins, Smallwood; Leonard G. Query, South 
Park; L. G. Price, Steele Creek; B. F. Kimbrell, Stephenson; George 
L. Bickett, Sugaw Creek; T. W. Stinson, Jr., Sunset Hills; H. J. Auten, 
Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; Harold K. Couch, Trinity; 
George W. McManus, Turner; J. B. Wall, Wadesboro; E. T. McCain, 
Walkersville; J. W. McCall, Waxhaw; C. G. Sellers, Westminster; 
James A. Beard, Williams Memorial; H. F. Porter, Wilmore — 76. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following ministers were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren: Rev. James Doom, Pee 
Dee Presbytery; Rev. T. Duke Williams, Birmingham Pres- 
bytery; Rev. William E. Lytch, Concord Presbytery. 

The Rev. Carl S. Miller, Moderator-in-Nomination, was 
elected Moderator. A motion was made recording a vote of 
commendation to our retiring moderator for the excellent 
manner in which he presided and guided the Presbtery 
through the difficult winter meeting. 

Report of the Committee on Arrangements — The follow- 
ing Report of the Committee on Arrangements was read 
and adopted : 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
adopt the printed Docket with the following modifications: 

1. That the Presbytery hear a report from the Bi-Centennial Com- 
mittee as the second order after lunch, 

2. That the Presbytery hear an address on the Men's Convention 
by Mr. George Stovall the third order after lunch. 

3. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and reconvene 
at 1:30 p.m. 

Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chmn. 
Rev. Russell M. Kerr 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr. 

DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Retiring Moderator's Sermon — Rev. Russell M. 
Kerr. 



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2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials— Rev. T. H. Mitchell by the Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt. 

4. History of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe — Rev. R. F. 

Whitley. 

5. Enrollment: Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduction 

of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Rev. Carl S. Miller, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. R. F. Whitley. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 

9. Communications. 

10. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

il. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Committee on Church Extension — Rev. H. D. Hayward. 

2. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

3. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

4. Subcommittee on Woman's Work — Rerv. R. W. Rayburn. 

14. Report of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 

15. Unfinished Business. 

16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 
appointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. Russell M. Kerr, Chairman; Rev. R. G. 
Laurens, Harold Couch, and John Carriker. 

2. Installations: Rev. Warner L. Hall, Chairman; Rev. Ben Moore, 
C. G. Sellers, and G. J. Whitener. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. John W. Grier, Chairman; Rev. D. E. 
Wilkinson, Wilson Knox, and J. M. Shinn. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. Wylie Hogue, Chairman; Rev. Geo. Fletcher, 
J. N. Stribling, and H. P. Cathey. 



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5. Synod's Minutes: Rev. W. T. Smith, Chairman; Rev. Dwight 
Barker, G. L. Bickett and W. D. McClure. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following Ministers requesting excuse for absence 
from this meeting of Presbytery: Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Rev. James 
A. Jones, Rev. Wm. M. Boyce, Jr., Rev. Sam. Glasgow, Rev. C. E. S. 
Kraemer, Rev. Robert Boyd, and Rev. W. S. Boyce for the afternoon 
session. The requests were granted. 

2. From the Clerk of Session, Star Church requesting permission to 
be excused from sending representation to this meeting of Presbytery. 
Request granted. 

3. From the Sessions of nine churches requesting Presbytery to 
overture the General Assembly to discontinue the Committee on Co- 
operation and Union. The requests were committed to the Committee 
on Bills and Overtures. 

4. From the Session of the Sharon Church inviting Presbytery to 
meet with them for the Winter meeting, 1956. Invitation was accepted. 

5. From the Westminister Church requesting a change in salary 
for the pastor from $6,600 to $6,900, and from the Stephenson Church 
requesting a change in the terms of their call from $400 to $500 an- 
nually. The requests were granted. 

6. From Rev. David Wilkinson concerning the Seventh Annual 
Institute on Christian Family Living sponsored by the Inter-Group 
Work Committee, Women of the Church, Mecklenburg Presbytery, to 
be held at the Oaklawn Negro Community Center, May 5, 1955. Also 
stating that Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rucker of Davidson College are looking 
for employment this summer in some church field. These were received 
as information. 

7. From the Chairman and Secretary of the Association of D. C. E.'s 
of North Carolina reporting unanimous support for the proposed change 
in the Book of Church Order relative to certification of Directors of 
Christian Education. These were received as information. 

8. From the Commission of the Minister and His Work requesting 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to overture the General Assembly to direct 
the Board of Annuities and Relief to arrange payment to all members 
who have retired under the compulsory clause even though they may 
be employed by churches or others, and that payments to the Fund 
shall not be expected on salary paid or received after retirement under 
the compulsory clause. The request was committed to the Committee 
on Bills and Overtures. 

9. From the Rev. James A. Jones requesting Presbytery to dissolve 
the pastoral relationship between himself and the Myers Park Church 
as of May 1, 1955, and stating that for the time being he wished 
to remain a member of Mecklenburg Presbytery. On hearing from an 
Elder representative from the Myers Park Church stating that the 
congregation concurred in Dr. Jones request, the request was granted. 

A motion was adopted asking the Rev. Sam Inman to write 
on behalf of Presbytery expressing its appreciation to Dr. 
Jones for his fine leadership and service at the Myers Park 



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Church and to urge him to retain his membership in the 
Presbytery. 

Report of the Commission on Minister and His Work — The 

following report of the Commission on the Minister and His 
Work was read and admitted to the record: 

Your Commission has transacted the following business since the last 
meeting of Presbytery: 

1. Dissolved relationships: 

Between the Troy Church and Rev. Robt. G. Balnicky. 
Between the Belk Church and Rev. Vance Baucom. 

2. Dismissed the following: 

Rev. Robert G. Balnicky to Pee Dee Presbytery. 

Rev. Vance Baucom to Fayetteville Presbytery. 

Mr. George H. V. Hunter to Fayetteville Presbytery (candidate). 

Mr. Robert Lee McComb to Albemarle Presbytery (candidate). 

Mr. Thomas Little to Potomac Presbytery (candidate). 

Mr. James H. Monroe to Winston-Salem Presbytery (candidate). 

3. Approval for calls: 

Mr. W. N. Clark for Mt. Gilead Church. 
Mr. W. D. Lively for Brainerd Church. 
Rev. T. Duke Williams for Camp Green Church. 
Rev. Fred McAlister, Jr., for Waxhaw Church. 
Mr. Edward A. McLeod for Morven and Camden Churches. 
Rev. W. E. Lytch for Newell Church. 

Rev. Cecil Lawrence for Assistant Pastor Myers Park Church. 

Rev. Roswell Long Chmn. 

Report of Other Commissions — ^^The following Commissions 
appointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to the record. 

1. To Install the Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson. 

The Commission of Presbytery appointed to install the Rev. Malcolm 
R. Williamson as pastor of the Tenth Avenue Church met in the office 
of the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte at 6:45 
p.m., Sunday night, January 30, 1955. 

All the members of the commission were present, to wit: Rev. Ro- 
bert P. Turner, Dr. J. Cecil Lawrence, Mr. B. S. Gray, Mr. David Kim- 
brell, and Dr. Roy E. Hoke. 

Rev. Turner presided and Dr. Roy E. Hoke was elected clerk. The 
meeting opened with prayer. Each member present was briefed as 
to his part in the service. The Commission then repaired to the sanctu- 
ary of the First Presbyterian Church for the installation service. Due 
to the fact that the sancuary of the Tenth Avenue Church had been 
destroyed by fire a week earlier, the kind offer of the First Church to 
use their sanctuary for the installation of Rev. Williamson had been 
accepted by his congregation. 

The service began at 7 p.m. The Rev. Turner led in the prayer of 
invocation and the Lord Prayer. He also read the scripture lesson. 



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The sermon — "The Church of God" — was delivered by Dr. Lawrence. The 
constitutional questions to the congregation and pastor were propounded 
by Dr. Hoke. After all the questions had been answered in the affirm- 
ative, Rev. Turner made the declaration of installation. The charge 
to the pastor was given by Mr. B. S. Gray; the charge to the congrega- 
tion was delivered by Mr. David Kimbrell. Rev. Turner offered the instal- 
lation prayer. The pastor, Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson, pronounced the 
benediction. 

At the close of the service a large congregation came forward to 
greet the new pastor, his wife and children, and all the members 
of the Commission. 

After the close of the service, the commission retired to the office 
of the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in the old Manse. The 
minutes of the meeting were read and approved. Dr. Lawrence led in 
prayer as the Commission adjourned. 

(Signed) Rev. Roy E. Hoke, Secretary 

2. To Install the Rev. E. L. Stoffel. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Dr. 
E. L. Stoffel as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, 
N. C, met in the church parlors at 6:30 on January 23, 1955. 

Ruling Elder, Thomas Sparrow, of the First Presbyterian Church, 
presided. Present were the entire membership of the Commission as 
appointed by Presbytery: Ruling Elders Sparrow and W. E. Price, Revs. 
James A. Jones, Warner L. Hall, Watt Cooper and Lawrence Stell. 

After the prayer by Dr. J. A. Jones, the Commission elected Dr. 
Sparrow moderator of the Commission and Dr. Lawrence Stell as clerk 
of the Commission. The parts of the installation were assigned. The 
Commission took recess to the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian 
Church for the worship service and for the actual installation. Dur- 
ing that service, Dr. Tom Sparrow presided. Mr. W. E. Price led in 
prayer. The scripture and sermon were delivered by Dr. Lawrence 
Stell on the theme, "The Man and His Message." The constitutional 
questions and declaration of installation were given by Dr. Sparrow. Dr. 
Warner Hall charged the congregation and delivered the installation 
prayer. Dr. Stoffel concluded the service with the benediction. 

Following the service, the Commission met and approved the min- 
utes of the commission. The transactions of the Commission were 
concluded with prayer by Dr. J. A. Jones. 

(Signed) Lawrence I. Stell, Clerk 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education — The 

Committee on Ministerial Education made the following re- 
port which was adopted. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Education wishes to report that 
Mecklenburg Presbytery now has 46 candidates under her care preparing 
for the Gospel Ministry. Twenty-one are in college, 18 in seminary, 
three in service, and four in an inactive status. 

The grades and comments from the colleges and seminaries in which 
these men are studying have been exceptionally good during the past 
school year. With few exceptions all have written an annual report to 
the Committee telling of their school and field work experiences. 



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We would again emphasize to each minister and elder the need for 
constantly challenging our youth with the call to the Gospel ministry 
and to Christian lay-service! 

The following men have transferred their candidacy from Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery: 

Robert Lee Combs — to Albemarle Presbytery. 

George H. V. Hunter — to Fayertteville Presbytery. 

Thomas Allen Little, Jr. — to Potomac Presbytery. 

The committee presents the following men who are asking to be re- 
ceived as candidates for the ministry under care of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery : 

1. Mr. Samuel Monroe Busch, a member of the Pageland Presby- 
terian Church. He is a business man, has attended the University of 
South Carolina and is presently attending Union Theological Seminary. 
He is married and has one child. 

2. Mr. John Weaver Campbell, a member of the Caldwell Memorial 
Presbyterian Church. He is a student at Charlotte College and plans 
to take his theological training at Union Seminary. 

3. Mr. William Barney Huntley, a member of the Westminster 
Presbyterian Church. He graduates from Duke University this spring 
and plans to enter the service of our country and then to seminary. 

4. Mr. Frank Blair Turner, a member of the Trinity Presbyterian 
Church. He is a student at Queens College and plans on taking his 
theological work at Union Seminary. 

5. Mr. Donald Reid Wilson, is a member of the Plaza Presbyterian 
Church. He is graduating from Central High School this spring and 
will enter college this fall. 

Your Committee recommends that these men be examined for enroll- 
ment as candidates for the Gospel ministry. 

With regards to Mr. Busch, we recommend that he be received as 
a candidate for the ministry under the extraordinary case clause and 
that he be admitted to Union Seminary as a special student to take 
at least two years of study there. We further recommend that in the 
light of some preparation toward his college degree, he seek out ways 
and means whereby he can, during the summers while at seminary, 
complete his college work — probably at the University of Richmond — 
and that, if it is possible for him to complete his college work that 
he take the full three years of seminary work leading to his divinity 
degree. 

The Committee on Ministerial Education would also present: 

Mr. W. N. Clark, Mr. Leighton S. Ford, Mr. William D. Lively, Mr. 
Joe S. McClure and Mr. Edward A. McLeod. 

Mr. W. N. Clark graduates from Union Seminary this spring and 
comes to Mecklenburg Presbytery by transfer of his candidacy from 
Albemarle Presbytery. His thesis: "The Meaning of Joy" and his exe- 
gesis on Romans 5:12-14 have both been found to be well presented. 

Mr. Clark has been called to the Mt. Gilead Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. William D. Lively has completed two years of study at Union 
Seminary as a special student under the extraordinary case clause and 
comes to Mecklenburg Presbytery by transfer of his candidacy from 
Bluestone Presbytery. His thesis on "The Free Will of Man" has been 



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reviewed and is well thought out. Being a special student, the exegesis 
is not required. 

Mr. Lively has been called to the Brainard Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. Joe Stuart McClure graduates from Union Seminary this spring. 
His parts for trial have all been found well prepared and interestingly 
presented. His thesis is on "The Roll of Agape in the Ministry of 
Christ;" his exegesis is on Romans 5:12-14. 

Mr. McClure has been called to the Huntersville Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. Edward Armand McLeod graduates from Union Seminary this 
spring and comes to Mecklenburg Presbytery by transfer of candidacy 
from Fayetteville Presbytery. His thesis on "Saving Faith" and his 
exegesis on the Romans 5:12-14 passage are of good content and well 
presented. 

Mr. McLeod has been called to the Morven and Camden Presbyter- 
ian Churches. 

Mr. Leighton S. Fard graduates from Columbia Seminary this spring 
and comes to Mecklenburg Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry 
by transfer from the Canadian Presbyterian Church. 

His thesis on "The Testimony of Luke's Gospel to the Divinity of 
Christ" and his exegesis of Philippians 2:25-30 are both splendidly 
prepared and presented. His sermon "The Work of the Holy Spirit" 
is from Acts I, 2:1-11. 

Mr. Ford is seeking ordination as an evangelist at this meeting 
of Presbytery in order that he may join the Billy Graham team in 
Scotland immediately. 

Your Committee presents the following recommendations: 

1. That Mecklenburg Presbytery proceed to the examination of these 
men for licensure and that Mr. Leighton S. Ford be ordained as an 
evangelist. 

2. That the rules of Presbytery be set aside relative to the preach- 
ing of a sermon by each of the candidates at the time of their exami- 
nation for licensure and that candidates W. N. Clark, W. D. Lively, J. 
S. McClure and E. A. McLeod preach their sermons at the time of their 
ordination before the respective commissions of Presbytery. 

3. That Presbytery hear the sermon of Candidate Leighton S. Ford 
as a part of trial for his ordination. 

G. Dana Waters, Chmn. 

Committee on Ministerial Education 

Ministers Received — The following ministers seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented certificates 
of transfer : Rev. James L. Doom of Pee Dee Presbytery ; Rev. 
T. Duke Williams, of Birmingham Presbytery; Rev. William 
E. Lytch of Concord Presbytery. Their certificates of transfer 
were found in order and the Presbytery proceeded to examine 
the ministers in accordance with the provisions of the Book 
of Church Order. The examination was approved as satis- 
factory and they were enrolled upon the signing of the Cove- 
nant. 



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A call for the services of Rev. James L. Doom from the 
First Presbyterian Church, Hamlet, was placed in his hands 
and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to install 
him. (See Report of the Committee on Installations.) 

A call for the services of the Rev. T. Duke Williams from 
the Camp Green Church was placed in his hands and was 
accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to install him 
also. (See Report of Committee on Installation.) 

A call for the services of the Rev. William E. Lytch from 
the Newell Church was placed in his hands and accepted by 
him. A Commission was also appointed to install him. (See 
Report of Committee on Installations.) 

Candidates Received — The Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presented the following young men who are seeking 
to be taken under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery as 
Candidates for the Gospel Ministry: Mr. Samuel Monroe 
Busch, of the Pageland, S. C, Church; Mr. John Weaver 
Campbell, of the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church; 
Mr. William Barney Huntley, of the Westminster Church; 
Mr. Frank Blair Turner, of the Trinity Church ; and Mr. Don- 
ald Reid Wilson, of the Plaza Presbyterian Church. Upon 
the recommendation of the Committee the Presbytery pro- 
ceeded to their examination in accordance with the provisions 
of the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved 
as satisfactory and they were received under the care of the 
Presbytery as Candidates for the Gospel Ministry. 

The Rev. Howard E. Chadwick, gave the charge to the 
Candidates. The Moderator led in the prayer of dedication. 

Candidates Examined for Licensure and Ordination — The 

Committee on Ministerial Education presented the following 
Candidates for Licensure and Ordination: Mr. W. N. Clark, 
Jr., who was received into the Presbytery as a Candidate for 
the Gospel Ministry from Albemarle Presbytery; Mr. Leigh- 
ton S. Ford, Presbytery of Chatham, Chatham Presbyterian 
Church in Canada; Mr. Edward A. McLeod, received as a 
Candidate from Fayetteville Presbytery; Mr. Joe S. McClure, 
and Mr. William D. Lively, a Candidate transferred from Blue- 
stone Presbytery. On motion of the Chairman of Ministerial 
Education, the candidates were then examined in accordance 
with the Book of Church Order. 

Recess for Lunch — The hour arriving set for lunch, Pres- 



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bytery was led in prayer by Rev. W. M. Walsh and recessed 
at 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 1:30 and after the singing of a 
hymn and a prayer led by the Rev. Tom McLean, a motion 
was made rescinding the action on the order of business 
after lunch in regard to the order of the day after lunch 
to permit the hearing of the sermon of Mr. Leighton S. Ford 
as a part of his trial for ordination. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. Shelton M. Hutchison 

was elected as Moderator-in-Nomination for the summer ses- 
sion of Presbytery. The Rev. Leslie Thompson made a report 
of the Bi-centennial Committee for the celebration of Presby- 
terianism in Mecklenburg to be held June 14, 15, 16th. The 
report was received as information. 

Mr. George Stovall, President of the Men of Presbytery, 
reported on the coming meeting of the Men of the Synod, 
to be held June 10, 11, 12th at Davidson College. 

The Rev. Warner L. Hall spoke on behalf of the Board of 
Church Extension, Division of Negro Work, urging payment 
of pledges made by churches to the Negro Work campaign 
in order that the challenge fund might be claimed by the 
specified time. 

Examination Continued — ^The examination of the Candi- 
dates for Licensure and Ordination was resumed after Lunch. 
The motion was made that the examination of the candidates 
thus far be sustained. The motion then prevailed that the 
rules of the Presbytery be set aside in the case of the men 
other than Mr. Ford and that they be allowed to preach their 
trial sermons at the time of their ordination and installation 
before the respective commissions appointed. 

A motion was made that Presbytery proceed to the licen- 
sure and ordination of Mr. Ford, and that his trial for licen- 
sure be accepted in lieu of the trial for ordination. The 
Moderator then propounded the constitutional questions in 
accordance with the Book of Church Order. After the laying 
on of hands by members of Presbytery, the prayer of ordina- 
tion was led by the Rev. Dwight L. Barker. The Moderator 
then declared that Mr. Leighton S. Ford was duly ordained 
as an Evangelist. 



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A motion was made that the Committee on Ministerial 
Education bring in a recommendation concerning the hearing 
of candidates' sermons. It was also ordered by Presbytery 
that the Committee on Ministerial Education study the mat- 
ter of the examination of Candidates for licensure and ordi- 
nation with reference to reducing the amount of time required. 

Petition for Church on South Tryon Presented — A petition 
containing 100 or more names for the organization of a church 
on South Tryon was presented. A motion was then made 
to appoint a Commission to organize a church on South 
Tryon. The Moderator then appointed the following to serve 
as a Commission to organize a church at South Tryon on the 
Sunday following occupancy: Dr. Cecil Lawrence, Chairman; 
Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Rev. R. H. Stone, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. 
C. M. Hassell, Mr. Jones Pharr, and Mr. Rufus A. Grier. 

Report of Church Extension Committee — The report of 
Committee on Church Extension consisted of four parts, con- 
sisting of the reports and recommendations of its four sub- 
committees, viz. Christian relations. Evangelism, Radio and 
TV, and Home Missions. The report was adopted. 

REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON 
CHRISTIAN RELATIONS 

This sub-committee consists of two members without a 
chairman, the former chairman having removed from the 
bounds of Presbytery. The following provisional report is 
presented, herewith, to the larger committee of which we 
are a part. 

Futhermore, in connection with the recommendations of 
this report adopted by Synod your sub-committee makes its 
own recommendations to Presbytery: 

1. That Synod's Committee's recommendation number two be fol- 
lowed: namely, that at some meeting of Presbytery this year thirty 
minutes be set aside for a discussion of the alcohol question at the level 
of our local churches and, in addition, that Rev. Sam Inman be invited 
to lead the discussion. Your Committee suggests the summer meeting 
of Presbytery as appropriate. 

2. That Synod's Committee's recommendation number four be fol- 
lowed; namely, that our directors of summer camps at Camp Stewart 
be requested to give to the campers a briefing on the alcohol question 
during the course of instruction at the Camp this summer. 



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REPORT OF THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

During 1954 your Sub-Committee on Evangelism has been ready 
to help churches in need of evangelistic preachers. Members of our 
committee have personally conducted a number of meetings and have 
been given the privilege of counseling with pastors. 

We followed your suggestion for an exchange of pulpits in the 
counties outside Mecklenburg County. The majority of the ministers 
did not approve of the plan. Our plans for a Presbytery-wide con- 
ference on Evangelism were merged with those of the Synod's Com- 
mittee on Evangelism which culminated in the regional conference 
held in the Myers Park Church. We promoted this widely. 

For the evangelistic exchange and for future evangelistic meetings 
we have carried in the Presbytery's office the supplies needed. 

We recommend: 

1. That the churches which have had special services follow them 
up with a continuous program of evangelism. 

2. That each church which has not had an evangelistic meeting plan 
for one; that thorough spiritual preparation be made for it and that a 
minister who can best lead people to the Saviour be secured. 

3. That all churches not now enrolled in the "Forward with Christ" 
program consider making it one of major emphasis in the life and 
work of the Church. 

REPORT OF THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE ON RADIO AND TV 

In the interest of the promotion of the "Forward with Christ" pro- 
gram, this committee worked in cooperation with the Sub-Committee 
on Home Missions in arranging weekly broadcasts of Presbyterian 
messages over radio station WSOC in Charlotte and over the stations 
in Albemarle, Rockingham, Wadesboro and Monroe. There was com- 
plete coverage. 

REPORT OF THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS 

Your Sub-Committee on Home Missions respectfully submits the 
following report for the year 1954. Under the blessing of God there 
was progress: of the 414 people received into the churches, to which 
a salary supplement is made, 133 came by profession of faith and 281 
came by certificate or reaffirmation. The W. H. Belk Church and the 
Forest Hill Church were organized. The sanctuary at the W. H. Belk 
Church was completed. We made a contribution to the W. H. Belk 
Manse, which was also completed. Because of the phenomenal growth 
in the Sunday School there an adjoining house was purchased for use 
of Religious Education. 

Aid was given to the Camden Church to add to the usefulness of 
their church, to the McQuay Church to construct a manse, to the Turner 
Church to build a manse, helped make a down payment for the new 
location for the Brainerd Church, to the North Charlotte Church to as- 
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We are grateful for the support of the churches. Our income from 
benevolences was $55,962.32, or practically 70% of the amount for 
which we were in the budget. The Erdman Love Chapel property was 
sold for $7,000. 

Your Committee financed the work of the Minister to the Hospitals, 
shared part of the cost of printing The Mecklenburg Presbyterian, raised 
a Vacation Fund of $729.50; $42,867.00 was expended for salaries. 

We are pleased to report that as of January 1, 1955, the following 
churches came to full self-support: McQuay Memorial, Rev. M. Bland 
Dudley, pastor; Locust-Indian Hill Presbyterian Churches, Rev. Craw- 
ford White, pastor; and the Biscoe-Star group, of which Rev. F. C. 
Wilkinson is pastor. 

During the year there was in the Church and Manse Building Fund 
$6,874.37, of which $4,362.99 was disbursed as follows: The W. H. Belk 
Church, $300.00; The W. H. Belk Manse, $1,355.33; The McQuay Me- 
morial Manse, $1,275.83. The remainder is being held for the Forest 
Hill Church and manse. A study of the financial report will reveal 
other activities of Kingdom progress in which we have been engaged. 

New fields of opportunity have been surveyed and construction was 
begun on the church for Negroes at 2516 South Tryon Street. Your 
Committee as a whole and in special committees renders aid and 
counsel to officers, pastors and lay workers of our constituent churches. 
We anticipate the petition for organization of the church within the 
immediate future. 

Through you we covet and ask for the prayers and continued sup- 
port of the individuals and churches of the Presbytery as we face golden 
and ever-increasing opportunities for extending the Church of Jesus 
Christ. 

The Home Mission Committee would make the following 
recommendations. 

1. That the trustees of the Presbytery be authorized to convey to 
the trustees of the Star Presbyterian Church, Star, N. C, our property 
on which the Star Presbyterian Church is built, said property being 
registered in Book 104 of Deeds, on page 80 in the office of the Register 
of Deeds of Montgomery County. 

(Signed) H. D. Hayward, Chmn. 

In answer to the proposed campaign goal of $400,000 for 
Mecklenburg Presbytery in a Synod wide campaign for Church 
Extension, a motion was made asking Synod's Committee on 
Church Extension to present a campaign for funds for spe- 
cific amounts for specific projects. The motion also conveyed 
the sincere desire to express to Synod the Presbytery's con- 
tinued interest in this matter. 

Presbytery's Council — The report of Presbytery's Council 
was made and adopted with recommendations as follows: 

1. That Presbytery meet on September 20 instead of the usual 



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October date. We further recommend that the manual be changed to 
make the date of the fall meeting of Presbytery the third Tuesday of 
September instead of the third Tuesday of October. 

2. That the audit of all funds handled by Presbytery's office be 
approved. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Woman's Work — The Rev. 
Robert W. Rayburn presented Mrs. R. A. Willis, Jr., 2nd 
Vice President of the Women of Presbytery, who made the 
report for Mrs. Boyce Hunter, President of the Women of the 
Presbytery. The report was received as information and the 
women commended for their service in the Church. 

Report of Committee on Bills and Overtures — The Com- 
mittee on Bills and Overtures recommended the adoption of 
an overture presented by the Commission on the Minister 
and His work to the General Assembly relative to the work 
of our Board of Annuities and Rehef. The recommendation 
was adopted. 

The request of nine churches of Mecklenburg Presbytery 
asking the General Assembly to discontinue the Committee 
on Co-operation and Union was answered in the negative. The ^ 
recommendation of the Committee on Bills and Overtures was j 
sustained by Presbytery. 

Committee on Installations — The report of the Committee 
on Installations was made by Rev. Warner L. Hall and was 
adopted. 

1. Commission to install Rev. James L. Doom as pastor of the 
First Presbyterian Church, Hamlet, N. C, on Sunday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ■ 
To preside and propound the constitutional questions, Elder J. B. ■ 
Kuykendall, Jr.; to preach the sermon, Dr. Warner L. Hall; to charge the 
pastor, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson; to charge the congregation, Rev. C. S. 
Miller; to complete the commission. Elder Jim Shinn. 

2. To install Rev. W. E. Lytch as pastor of the Newell Church May 
1, 1955 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Robert Turner to preside and preach; Rev. 
Fred Holder to charge the congregation; Dr. W. M. Walsh to charge the 
pastor, Mr. Wm. C. Howie, Elder of Sardis Church. Alternates, Rev. 
Sterwart Yandle, and Elder Reid Abernathy. 

3. To install the Rev. T. Duke Williams as pastor of the Camp Green 
Church, April 24, 1955 at 7:30 p.m. To preside, Rev. Roswell C. Long; 
to preach, Rev. H. V. Carson; to charge the pastor. Rev. S. M. Hutch- 
ison; to charge the people, Elder Paul Ranson. 

4. To ordain and install Mr. William N. Clark, Jr., at the Mt. 
Gilead Church, July 3, 8:00 p.m. To preach the sermon and to preside, 
Rev. R. H. Stone; to propound the constitutional questions, Rev. Wm. 
E. Lytch; to charge the congregation. Rev. Stewart Yandle; to charge 
the pastor, Elder F. M. Nash. Alternate, Rev. R. G. Laurens. 



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5. To ordain and to install Mr. W. D. Lively in the Brainerd Church, 
June 26, 1955, at 7:30 p.m. To preside, Rev. R. H. Stone; to preach 
the sermon, Rev. Carl S. Miller; to charge the pastor, Rev. Dwight 
Barker; to charge the congregation, Mr. Thomas Wilson; to complete 
the Commission, Mr. Marvin McGill. 

6. To ordain and to install Mr. Edward A. McLeod at the Morven 
and Camden Churches, July 24, 1955 at 3 and 8 p.m., respectively. 
Ministers: Rev. W. M. Walsh, Rev. Richard G. Laurens, Rev. R. H. 
Stone, and Rev. W. N. Clark. Elders: Messrs. W. E. Price and Rufus 
Grier. 

7. To ordain and to install Mr. Joe S. McClure at the Huntersville 
Church, July 3rd, 8 p.m. Ministers: Revs. Robt. W. Rayburn, J. W. 
Grier, and Fred Holder; Alternate Clifford Caldwell. Elders: J. T. 
McClure, R. L. Willis; Alternate, Crosby A. Dunn. 

A motion was made setting the quorum of the Commis- 
sions for Installation at two ministers and one Elder. 

Committee on Resolutions — The report of the Resolutions 
Committee was read and adopted. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery meeting in its 208th Stated Session at 
First Church, Monroe, Tuesday, April 12, 1955, expresses its gratitude 
to the host pastor, the Reverend Dr. Roy F. Whitley, the church staff, 
especially Mrs. Walter A. Henderson, church secretary, the officers, and 
to the congregation for their gracious invitation and for the very fine 
way in which they provided for our every need. 

Presbytery also wishes to thank Mrs. Robert Iceman and Mrs. 
Wm. J. Brewer for leading us in worship in music. Also, we would 
thank Mrs. Brewer for her expressive reading of the interesting and 
well written history of the church. 

We would commend the leadership of the church for the position 
which it holds and exercises in the community, for the vitality of its 
program, for the alert intelligence which is evident in the way in which 
the work of the Church of Jesus Christ is done in this place. 

We are grateful to Mrs. Clegg Sell, president of the Women of the 
Church, and her committee for a delicious lunch, graciously and beau- 
tifully served. 

We thank the people as a whole for the hospitable way in which 
we were received, for the "pauses that refreshed," for the courteous 
way in which they placed at our disposal their buildings, grounds and 
themselves. We appreciate this service of love to Presbytery. 

This committee wishes Presbytery to note that since lunch was 
served in the basement of the church school building we should, by a 
rising vote, express our indebtedness to the church that, before our 
visit, the leaks were fixed. 

Presbytery requests the pastor to pass these sentiments on to his 
people. 

Presbytery hereby expresses its gratitude to God for the quality of 
character of young manhood now entering the Gospel ministry of the 
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this day and those examined with view to their licensure and ordination. 

J. N. Stribling 

Geo. A. Fletcher 

H. P. Cathey 

S. Wylie Hogue, Jr., Chmn. 

Committee on Synod's Minutes — The Committee appointed 
on Synod's Minutes made a verbal report which was received 
as information. 

A letter from the Board of Annuities and Relief contain- 
ing pertinent facts and information was read by Rev. R. A. 
Young. Rev. Lawrence I. Stell reported that a number of 
churches had not as yet been enrolled in the 'Torward with 
Christ" Program. Those not having done so were urged 
to do so. 

Proposed Amendments to the Book of Church Order — The 

Presbytery approved the following amendments to the Book 
of Church Order: Amendment to Paragraph 126, Paragraph 
232, Paragraph 147, and Amendment to become Paragraph 
145A. The Amendment to become a new Chapter on the 
Book of Church Order on the Certification of Directors of 
Christian Education was defeated. 

Place of Next Meeting — The place of the next meeting of 
Presbytery is Camp Stewart, July 19th. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted as amended. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the Moderator 
to meet 9 a.m. July 19, at Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. C. S. Miller, Moderator 

Fred C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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INDEX 



Page 
Adjournment 31, 52 

Afternoon Sessions 19, 46 

Amendments to the Book of 

Church Order 52 

Arrangements 16, 17, 38 

Calls to Churches 44, 45 

Candidates 

Examined for Licensure 45, 46 

Examined and Received 45 

Transferred 41 

Commissioners to the General 

Assembly Elected 20,21 

Commissions Reporting 

Minister and His Work 22,23,41 

To Install Ministers ...23,41,42,43,44 

Committees Appointed 

Special Committees 31 

Standing Committees 20, 39 

Committees Reporting 

Committee on Ministerial 

Education 42, 43, 44 

Committee on Church 

Extension 47, 48, 49 

Committee on Nominations 30 

Committee on Installations. .. .20, 50, 51 
Committee on Presbytery's 

Records 30 

Committee on Synod's Minutes 52 

Committee on Resolutions 30,51 

Committee on Sessional Records.... 21 

Committee on Woman's Work 50 

Committee on Christian Education.. 29 

Committee on Assembly's Work 29 

Committee on Bills and Overtures.. 50 
Committee on Church Union. .18, 19, 20 
Presbytery's Council 29, 49 

Communications 21, 40 

Communion Service 32 

Directory 3, 4, 5 

Docket 17,38,39 



Page 
Docket Schedule 2 

History of Church, 

Monroe First 33,34,35,36,37 

Invitations Accepted 31 

Manual Changes 

Introduced 49, 50 

Adopted 31 

Memorials 

Ernest Leland Flanagan 13,14,15 

Thomas Harvel Mitchell 32,33 

Ministers 

Excused 21, 40 

Received 18, 44 

Transferred 22, 41 

Minutes Adopted 31, 52 

Moderator 

Elected 16. 38 

Nominated 20, 46 

Next Meeting 31,52 

Opening Exercises 13, 32 

Pastoral Relationship 

Dissolved 20, 22, 40, 41 

Petition to Organize Church 

on South Tryon Street 47 

Presbytery Meetings Back Page 

Recess 19, 45 

Roll Call 15, 16, 37, 38 

Roll of Churches 7,8,9,10,11,12 

Roll of Ministers 6 

Ruling Elders Introduced 16, 38 

Special Addresses 46 

Statistical Report to the 

General Assembly 30 

Treasurers' Reports ... 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 

Visiting Brethren 16, ^8 



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209th Stated Meeting 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 19, 1955 



210th Stated Session 

Sugaw Creek Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 20, 1955 



Next Stated Session 

Sharon Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 17, 1956 



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Volume I Number 3 



209th Stated Meeting 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 19, 1955 



210th Stated Session 

Sugaw Creek Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 20, 1955 



Next Stated Session 

Sharon Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 17, 1956 



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DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 

(f) Christian Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 

(d) Nominations 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 : 00 A. M. 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



on 



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DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. S. M. Hutchison, Moderator of Summer Meeting 
Elder Legette Blythe, Moderator of Fall Meeting 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., State Clerk (1958) 
Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1956— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 
1959— Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 
1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 
1958 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. H. S. Robinson 

1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A, R. Shaw 

1957 — Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Mr. R. L. Puckett 

1958— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. C. A. Hunter 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1956— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

1957 — Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 

1958— Rev. F. C. Pratt 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Geogrey Sutcliffe 

1958 — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 

1958 — Rev. G. A. Fletcher 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson 

1958— Mr. T. M. Barnhardt 



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Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations 

1956 — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

1957 — Mr. Legette Blythe, Chairman 

1958— Rev. C. H. Rowan 

Sub Committee on Evangelism 

1956 — Rev. J. L. Doom 

1957 — Rev. S. H. Zealy, Chairman, Mr. McAlister Carson 

1958— Rev. H. M. Jefferson, Mr. T. M. Glasgow 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1956 — Mr. Paul B. Marion, Chairman 

1957— Rev. T. W. MacLean 

1958— Rev. M. B. Dudley 

Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1956 — Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 

Rev. H. S. Schum; Mrs. C. W. Tillett 
1957 — Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. J. C. Lawrence 
1958— Rev. E. L. StoflFel, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. Beaumert Whitton 



Education: - ^ 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1956 — Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman; Mr. W. H. Earnhardt 

1958— Rev. W. G. Workman, Mr. R. V. Mason 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Frank Orr 

1958— Rev. L. I. Stell 



Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Ex-Officio — The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 

1958— Rev. C. G. McClure, Rev. R. A. Young, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. G. Dana Waters 

1956 — Rev. J. C. Lawrence, Rev. G. Dana Waters, Mr. H. C. Williams 
1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. H. S. Schum, Mr. H. C. Alexander 
1958— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. W. H. Johnson, Mr. S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Homes: 

Chairman— Mr. J. B. Watt 

1956— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Mr. J. David Flowers, Rev. C. D. Caldwell 
1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. C. A. White, Mr. J. B. Watt 
1958— Rev. W. F. Mitchell, Rev. M. R. Williamson, 
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Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1956— Rev, C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 
1958— Rev. W. T. Smith, Rev. F. C. Debele, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 

Christian Education: 

Chairman — Rev. J. R. Crook 

1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Rev. S. H. Zealy 
1957— Rev. J. R. Crook, Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. T. P. Graham 
Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nesbit 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. George Stovall 
Pres. Youth Fellowship — Mr. John Kimbril 
1958— Rev. F. C. Holder, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Mr. H. D. Niven 



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ROLL OF 

1. J.W. Grier 

2. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 

3. M. E. Peabody 

4. W.H.Johnston 

5. J. C. McGehee 

6. B. Frank Yandell 

7. W. C.Copeland 

8. J. C. Grier 

9. T.R.Alexander 

10. A. T. Taylor 

11. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

12. H. C. Carmichael 

13. W. B. Neill 

14. C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 

15. R. A. Young, D.D. 

16. Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 

17. A. L. Roberts 

18. Daniel K. Snyder 

19. W. T. Smith 

20. Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 

21. Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 

22. R. H. Stone, D.D. 

23. Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 

24. Frederick C. Debele, Jr. 

25. Chas. G. McClure, D.D. 

26. Sam M. Inman 

27. J. 0. Man, D.D. 

28. F. Clyde Pratt 

29. Jonas Barclay 

30. W. M. Walsh, D.D. 

31. F. S. Johnston 

32. Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 

33. A. Leslie Thompson 

34. Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 

35. Chas. E. S. Kraermer, D.D. 

36. C. C. McNeill, D.D. 

37. Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 

38. T. W. MacLean 

39. Homer A. Spencer 

40. Jno. A. Carriker 

41. Henry S. Robinson 

42. S. M. Hutchison 

43. C.H.Rowan 

44. R. C. Long, D.D. 

45. D. S. Chalabie 

46. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D. 

47. H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 

48. Carl S.Miller 

49. Ben F. Moore 

50. Watt M. Cooper 

51. H. V. Carson, D.D. 

52. Harold D. Hayward, Ph.D. 

53. G.Dana Waters 

54. W. J. Huneycutt 

55. Samuel H. Zealy 

56. W. B. McSwain 



MINISTERS 

57. Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 

58. F.C.Wilkinson 

59. D.E.Wilkinson 

60. E.B.Cooper 

61. IraH. Rawles 

62. Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 

63. J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 

64. M. G. Lyerly 

65. R. W. Rayburn 

66. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

67. Hugh Pollard 

68. W. M. Boyce, D.D. 

69. Russell M. Kerr 

70. C.H. McLean 

71. J. B. Reaves 

72. Geo. A. Fletcher 

73. R. G. Laurens 

74. Stewart W. Yandle 

75. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

76. B.F.Ferguson 

77. James R. Crook 

78. Sheldon A. Koesy 

79. Crawford White 

80. J. S. Garner 

81. H. S. Schum 

82. S.WylieHogue 

83. W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 

84. C. McD. Coffey 

85. I. Howard Chadwick 

86. W. S. Boyce 

87. Robert Turner 

88. Andrew A. Allen 

89. Dwight L. Barker 

90. Richard V. Colen 

91. W. F. Mitchell 

92. W. T. Taylor 

93. M.B.Dudley 

94. Fred C. Holder 

95. C.D.Caldwell 

96. Hugh M. Jefferson 

97. M.R.Williamson 

98. E. L. Stoffel, Th.D. 

99. J. L. Doom 

100. T. Duke Williams 

101. W. E. Lytch 

102. Leighton S. Ford 

103. J. S. McClure 

104. W. N. Clark 

105. W.D. Lively 

106. S.A.Ritchie 

107. G. E. Dixon 

108. E.A. McLeod 

109. C.G. Pepper 

110. O.W. PerreU 



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ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Albemarle First H. P. Morrow 

125 S. 5th St. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. A. Lowery 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin 

504 E. Boundry 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale L. H. Meacham 

2804 Avondale Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marbry 

Badin, N. C. 
Banks Sam Kell, Jr. 

Box206, Waxhaw, N. ( 
Belk p. s. Snipes 

1011 Choyce Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Benton Heights Jack Morrison 

601 Hough St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. 
Bethel j. w. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 
Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Beulah E. H. Webb 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 
Biscoe C. R. Poole 

Biscoe, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason 

811 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden D. E. Phillips 

Rt. 3 
Wadesboro, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 

Albemarle, N. C. 

C. 0. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Odus Doster 
Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Sarah Reid 
Rt. 4, Box 332 
Charlotte, N. C. 

James P. Sample 

Rt. 2, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. R. Caudle 
4316 Park Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

S. E. Beck 
Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 
. Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 
Glenn A. Roberts 
1309 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Neal Tucker 
1108 Cherry St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 
Davidson, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

R. L. Long 
Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 
C. R. Lawrance 
Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

R. H. Crockford 
2117 McClintock Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Miss Ethel Hildreth 
Rt. 3 
Wadesboro, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian Lee McNeeley 

Rt. 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Camp Greene J. 0. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 
Central Steele Creek .. R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte First T. P. Graham 

815 Lamar Ave. 

Charlotte, N, C. 
Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton 

Rt. 3 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Commonwealth W. E. Arnett 

4831 Elder Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn 

Rt. 9, Box 163 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Cornelius R. A. Atwell 

Cornelius, N. C. 
Covenant J. B. Kuykendall, Jr. 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Eastminster C. E. Reneau 

2217 Bay St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
East Monroe Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 
Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan 

1533 N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

410 Entwistle St. 

Hamlet, N. C. 
Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 
Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

HoUis Gillis 
106 Asington 
Rockingham, N. C. 
James Major 
1741 Evergreen Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
K. A. McLeod 
Candor, N. C. 
T. M. Blackwelder 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
W. N. Ward 
202 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Glen Connell 
Peterson Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 
H. B. Carter 
1431 Cyrus Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Tom Smith, Jr. 

Rt. 9, Box 148 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Baxter 

Cornelius, N. C. 

W. A. Montgomery 

1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Carriker, Jr. 

2800 Shenandoah Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. J. Metelli 

1005 Calhoun St. 

Monroe, N. C. 

R. W. Carriker 

Ellerbe, N. C. 

Z. R. Little 

2401 Rozelle's Ferry Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

John S. Williamson 

Pinecroft Industries 

Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 

Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N.C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Huntersville JE. F. Kumm J. Mike Dwyer 

Box 115 Huntersville, N. C. 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill .-. R. F. Furr M. E. Brattain 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. Rt. 1, Stanfield, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 1 Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 
Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell L. Worth Little 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness Daniel J. McCaskill 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1., Candor, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham Joe M. Wilson 

Rt. 7, Box 612 Rt. 10 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. 0. McRae H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. Rt. 1. Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. C. Efird Mrs. C. A. Bolt 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay W. D. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. 0. Alexander W. R. Freeman 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. Matthews, N. C. 

McGee N. C. Long Leroy Lakey 

314 N. Hoskin Ave. Rt. 6 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. R. Litaker Joe W. Reid 

3429 Mathis Dr. 1306 Coker Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison Virgil Henderson 

Wadesboro Rd. 429 Wadesboro Ave. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Morris Field William D. Loy, Jr. Herbert Lee Hargett 

1808 Fleetwood Rd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 110 Stonewall Jackson Homes 

Morven W. E. Steagall R. M. Hardison 

Morven, N. C. Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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Churches 
Mt. Gilead- 



Clerk of Session 

R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry D. H. Dunn 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin G. T. Brown 

C.M.R. 544, Box 830 
Charlotte, N. C. 

New Salem 0. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 



Newell- 



Norman- 



North Charlotte- 



Norwood- 



...S. B. Wilson 
Newell, N. C. 

...C. E. Martin 
Norman, N. C. 

Joe W. Hardison 

1732 Academy St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. 0. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 
Park Avenue R. Lamar Smith 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
Philadelphia .E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza C. A. Kirkpatrick 

1315 Matheson Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah J. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Tom Wilson 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
C.M.R. 544, Box 660 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Wilbur X. Yerton 
Box 28, Newell, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Ussery 

Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Alger Douglas 

Pageland, S. C 

H. G. Smith 

Rt.2 

Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 
Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
James H. Black 
Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 
Robt. C. Hair 
Pineville, N. C. 

F. R. Freeman 
2819 Temple Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
N. C. Grier 
Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C 

C. D. Bradford 
Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 
Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Rourk H. P. Shane 

Route 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
St. Paul E. D. Jackson 

2509 Arnold Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Salem B. F. Ferguson 

Pageland, S. C. 
Sardis L. H. Pharr 

522 Livingston Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Seigle Avenue Morris P. Plyler 

900 Leigh Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Selwyn Avenue Edwin L. Dean 

211 Brandywine Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 2, Box 942 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Six Mile Creek J. R, Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 
Smallwood K. W. Wiggins 

C.M.R. 544, Box 667 

Charlotte, N. C. 
South Park G. Dewey Kluttz 

600 Marsh Road 

Charlotte. N. C. 
Steele Creek L. W. Brown 

Rt. 4, Charlotte, N. C. 
Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. R. Harper 

Oakwood Apts. 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 

Cordova, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 

2504 Laburnum Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Joe Kiker 

Pageland, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 

C.M.R., Sardis Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. B. Schulken 

832 Seigle Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. E. Elrod 

2921 Westfield Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. T. Stanford 

Rt. 2 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

W. M. Ratteree 

114 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Bland Clontz 

437 Greystone Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

R. F. Bigham 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Barna Allen 

Box 83 

Star, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek W. Parks Wilson 

Rt.ll 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 

Tenth Avenue C. L. Elliott 

727 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity Harold K. Couch 

Rt. 2 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Troy : S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner J. C. Richardson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 
Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 
Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Watson Heights Marvin McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue R. S.Wilkinson 

513 Grandin Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster Paul C. Thompson 

725 Hawthorne Lane 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills Alex M. Johnson 

2901 Mayflower Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial J. I. Hutchison 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

James A. Barrus 
1326 Brook Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Hope 

619 Magnolia Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

F. W. Haas 

4428 Albemarle Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. M. Carter 

217 Johnston Bldg. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. W. Safrit 

Box 523, Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 6, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

D. A. McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

Paul L. Cobb 
621 Walnut Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

The Two Hundred Ninth 
Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Camp Stewart 

Route #8, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 19, 1955 



The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Ninth Stated Session at Camp Stewart, Route #8, Charlotte, 
N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. The Moderator, the Rev. 
C. S. Miller, presided and preached the sermon. He was 
assisted by the Rev. C. McD. Coffey, who read the Scripture 
and led in prayer. 

The History of Camp Stewart — Mr. J. N. Stribling, a mem- 
ber of the Committee on Christian Education, who had much 
to do with the development of the Camp, spoke on the history 
of Camp Stewart and outlined future plans for development of 
the Camp. Presbytery commended the Committee on its fine 
work and approved the plans for development. 

The Roll — ^The following were present or enrolled during 
the meeting. 

Ministers— J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. 
Yandell, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, C. D. Whiteley, 
R. A. Young, D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. Jones, R. H. Stone, 
F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, 
F. S. Johnson, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thompson, R. F. Whitley, John A. 
Carriker, Henry S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. 
Long, J. Cecil Lawrence, H. G. Bedinger, Carl S. Miller, Ben F. Moore, 
Watt M. Cooper, H. V. Carson, H. D. Hayward, G. Dana Waters, W. J. 
Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, F. C. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, 
L. I. Stell, W. M. Boyce, Jr., Hugh D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, C. M. 
McLean, George A. Fletcher, R. G. Laurens, S. W. Yandle, J. R. Crook, 
Sheldon A. Koesy, Crawford A. White, J. S. Gamer, H. S. Schum, S. W. 
Hogue, C. Mc.D. Coffey, A. A. Allen, Dwight L. Barker, R. V. Colen, 
W. F. Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, M. B. Dudley, Fred C. Holder, C. D. 
Daldwell, Hugh M. Jefferson, James L. Doom, T. Duke Williams, 
W. E. Lytch, J. S. McClure, W. N. Clark, W. D. Lively— 70. 



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Ruling Elders — D. A. Holbrook, Albemarle First; Albert Lowery, 
Altan; J. C. Kuck, Amity; F. E. Crane, Banks; George W. Hager, Belk; 
Jack Morrison, Benton Heights; W. O. Henderson, Bethel; E. H. Webb, 
Beulah; C. R. Poole, Biscoe; E. R. McAuley, Caldwell Memorial; Jesse 
Morris, Camden; C. W. McLendon, Cameronian; R. E. Suther, Charlotte 
First; R. L. Willis, Cook's Memorial; Harvey S. White, Covenant; 
D. C. Parsons, Ellerbe First; R. W. Blackwelder, Forest Hill; R. M. 
Fetner, Sr., Hamlet First; George W. Alexander, Hopewell; LeGette 
Blythe, Huntersville; W. L. Lee, Indian Hill; J. M. Jenkins, Locust; 
J. R. Maness, Macedonia; Fred R. Johnston, Mallard Creek; J. M. 
McLauchlin, Mark's Creek; J. W. Russell, Matthews; A. M. Cathey, 
McGee; J. F. McCaskell, McLean Memorial; John J. Ozenent, McQuay 
Memorial; B. F. Langley, Monroe First; H. L. Hargett, Morris Field; 
W. L. Wall, Morven; C. A. McFayden, Mt. Carmel; C. C. McKinnon, 
Mt. Gilead; W. F. Reid, Mulberry; S. B. Wilson, Newell; D. F. Warner, 
Norman; W. H. Henderson, North Charlotte; W. B. Winchester, Nor- 
wood; H. H. Houston, Pageland; Plato W. Davenport, Paw Creek; 
M. B. Griffin, Philadelphia; J. R. Miller, Pineville; Howard Snow, Plaza; 
P. J. Turner, Pleasant Hill; Harry Washam, Ramah; A. M. Sims, 
Rehoboth; J. E. Goodman, St. Andrews; J. L. Nance, St. Paul; G. M. 
Kitchie, Jr., Sardis; Thomas C. Ruff, Selwyn Avenue; T. E. Black, 
Sharon; R. A. Plyler, Siler; James R. Perry, Six Mile Creek; Robert 
L. Shields, Smallwood; George F. Brown, Steele Creek; J. J. Earn- 
hardt, Sugaw Creek; T. W. Stinson, Sunset Hills; R. H. Allen, Tenth 
Avenue; Robert J. James, Thomasboro; Joe M. Logan, Trinity; S. H. 
McCall, Jr., Troy; W. L. Wildermuth, Wadesboro; Henry H. Massey, 
Waxhaw; Reece W. Puckett, West Avenue; W. A. McCorkle, West- 
minster; Charles W. Hickman, Westover Hills; W. F. Caldwell, Williams 
Memorial; J. Price Robinson, Wilmore — 69. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The Rev. Claire Albright of East Hanover Presbjrtery 
was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. Ruling 
Elder H. A. McQ. Martin of Fountain Inn, S. C. was intro- 
duced to the Presbytery. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. S. M. Hutchison, Moderator 
in Nomination was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee an Arrangements — ^The Committee 
on Arrangements made the following report which was 
adopted. 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
adopt the printed Docket with the following modifications: 

1. That Presbytery hear a report from the World Missions Com- 
mittee, Elder Joe McLaney, chairman, as the second order after lunch. 



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2. That Presbytery hear a report from the Bi-Centenial Committee 
by Elder Rufus Grier as the third order after lunch. 

3. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 1 P.M. to reconvene at 2 P.M. 

Rev. James R. Crook, Chairman 
Rev. Carl S. Miller 
Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr. 



THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator — Rev. Carl 

S. Miller. 

2. Memorials. 

3. History. 

4. Enrollment — Members of the Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Intro- 

duction of the Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first 
time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. S. M. Hutchison, Nominee. 

6. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. J. R. Crook. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

8. Communications. 

9. Season of Prayer. 

10. Report of Commissions. 

1. On the Minister and His Work — Rev. R. C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

11. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Report of Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

14. Reports of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

15. Unfinished Business. 



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16. Report of Commissioners to the General Assembly. 

17. New Business. 

18. Next Meeting (Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church). 

19. Nomination of Moderator (First Order after Lunch). 

20. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

21. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 

appointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. Carl S. Miller, Rev. S. H. Zealy, J. W. 
Russell, G. M. Kitchie, Jr. 

2. Installations: Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. G. Dana Waters, W. F. 
Caldwell, J. J. Osborne. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. W. M. Cooper, Rev. H. G. Bedinger, 
LeGette Blythe, Plato W. Davenport. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. S. W. Yandle, Rev. C. Don Coffey, Reece W. 
Puckett, W. B. Winchester. 

5. Records of Presbytery: Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. J. S. McClure, 
A. M. Cathey, J. L. Choate. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From Dr. James A. Jones expressing appreciation for a letter 
written at the direction of Presbytery. It was received as information. 

2. From the following Ministers requesting excuse for absence from 
this meeting of the Presbytery; Rev. W. L. Hall, Rev. B. F. Ferguson, 
Rev. M. G. Lyerly, Rev. R. F. Boyd, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Rev. R. M. 
Kerr, Rev. W. S. Boyce, Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, 
Rev. R. W. Rayburn and Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. The requests were 
granted. 

3. From the Session of the Star Presbyterian Church requesting 
excuse for absence of its representative to this meeting of Presbytery. 
The request was granted. 

4. From an anonymous donor offering to Ministers graduated from 
Seminary after 1950, a copy of Boettner's "The Reformed Doctrine of 
Predestination," upon the condition that they read the volume and 
preach a series of sermons on "Predestination." It was received as 
information. 

5. From the Session of the Brainerd Presbyterian Church requesting 
permission to change the name of the Church to Watson Heights 
Presbyterian Church. The request was granted. 



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6. From the members of the Community Presbyterian Church re- 
questing that the Church be dissolved and the congregation dismissed 
to unite with the Brainerd Presbyterian Church, now the Watson Heights 
Presbyterian Church. The request was granted. 

7. From the Session of the Biscoe Presbyterian Church reporting 
the death of Ruling Elder Charles E. Kellam. It was received as 
information. 

8. From the Session of the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church re- 
porting the death of Ruling Elder Fred L. Gibbon. It was received as 
information. 

9. From the Trustees of Stillman College a report of the Board of 
Trustees to the General Assembly. Received as information. 

10. From the Commissioners to the General Assembly reporting 
their attendance and diligence at the meeting. The following made 
written reports: Rev. Russell M. Kerr, C. L. Elliott, J. Reid Abernathy, 
John C. Ashcraft, Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, C. W. Gilchrist, L. H. Pharr. 

The reports were received as information and the Commissioners were 
commended for their diligence. 

Report of Commission on the Minister and His Work — 

The following report of the Commissioner on the Minister 
and His Work was read and admitted to record. 

Since the last meeting of Presbytery your commission has held three 
meetings and has transacted the following business: 

1. Approved for calls: 

Rev. O. W. Perrell for Waxhaw 
Rev. Stuart A. Ritchie for Troy 
Rev. G. E. Dixon for Belk Church 
Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. for St. Paul's 
Rev. J. E. Forgartie for Myers Park 

2. Approved requests of Central Steele Creek and Pleasant Hills for 
continued services of Dr. R. A. Young as pastor for one year. 

3. Approved the request of Robinson for the services of Rev. W. B. 
Neill as pastor for one year. 

4. Dissolved relations existing between Matthews and Rev. Kirk 
Nesbit, and granted Mr. Nesbit a transfer to attend Presbytery.. 

5. Dismissed candidate LeRoy P. Gwaltney to Missouri Presbytery,, 

Roswell Long, Chairman 

Report of Other Commissions — The following Commissions 
appointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 



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1. To ordain and Install William N. Clark, Jr. 

The Commission met in a Sunday School room of the Mt. Gilead 
Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 3, 1955 and was called to order 
by the chairman, who asked the Rev. W. E. Lytch to lead the opening 
prayer. The Rev. S. W. Yandle was elected clerk. 

The Chairman reviewed the proceedings of Presbytery to this point 
and reported that the candidate was to preach his sermon before the 
Commission to complete his requirements for licensure and ordination. 
The sermon heard was from Jeremiah 7:1-15. The Commission ap- 
proved the sermon as satisfactory, and then approved the examination 
as a whole. The clerk then made the motion that the Commission proceed 
to the ordination and installation of the candidate. 

Invited to sit as visiting brethren on the Commission were: Elders 
W. N. Clark, and J. T. Clark, father and uncle of the candidate. These 
men as well as the Session of the Mt. Gilead Church and any other 
elders visiting in the congregation were invited by the Commission to 
take part in the laying on of the hands of Presbytery. 

The Commission having first assembled at 7:15, and having performed 
the necessary duties, it then joined in the regular evening hour of 
worship at 8:00 o'clock led by the Chairman of the Commission. Follow- 
ing the ordination sermon by the Chairman on the subject, "The 
Master's Program for Christianity" on the text Luke 4:18 & 19, the 
Rev. W. T. Lytch propounded the Constitutional questions. Laying on 
of the hands of the Presbytery and the ordination praper by the Chair- 
man preceded the declaration that William N. Clark, Jr. had been 
regularly elected, ordained, and installed as pastor of the Mt. Gilead 
Presbyterian Church. Elder F. M. Nash then charged the pastor and 
Rev. S. W. Yandle charged the congregation. Prior to the benediction 
by the new pastor, there was a prayer of consecration and a closing 
hymn. The new pastor and his wife were welcomed by the congregation 
and friends. 

The Commission then re-assembled and heard the minutes of the 
meeting. These were approved and the Commission adjourned with 
prayer by Elder E. M. Thompson. 

R. H. Stone, Chairman. 
Stewart W. Yandle, Clerk. 

2. To Install Rev. T. Duke Williams. 

The Commission appointed by Presbytery to install the Rev. T. Duke 
Williams as pastor of the Camp Greene Church met at the church at 
7:15 P.M. on April 24, 1955, and was called to order by Rev. R. C. 
Long, chairman. 

Commission was constituted with a prayer by Rev. H. V. Carson. 

Rev. S. M. Hutchison was elected secretary, 

A quorum was declared present. 

The order of service was adopted. 

Commission was led in prayer by Elder Paul Ranson. 

Commission moved to sanctuary for installation. 

Rev. R. C. Long presided. 

Rev. S. M. Hutchison gave invocation. 

Rev. H. V. Carson preached sermon on "Life's Obligations" from 



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Romans 1:1-17. 

Charge to Pastor given by Rev. Hutchison. 
Charge to People given by Elder Ranson. 
Benediction pronounced by Rev. Williams. 
Commission moved to study room. 
Minutes read and approved. 
Adjourned with prayer by Rev. Long. 

Shelton M. Hutchison, Secretary 

3. To Install Rev. W. E. Lytch. 

The Commission of the Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Rev. 
William E. Lytch as pastor of the Newell Presbyterian Church, Newell, 
N. C, met at the Newell Church at 7:15 P.M., Sunday, May 1, 1955. 
Members present were. Ministers: Rev. Robert Turner, Chairman, Dr. 
W. M. Walsh, Rev. Stewart Yandle, Rev. Fred C. Holder, and Elder: 
Mr. William C. Howie. The meeting was called to order and opened with 
prayer by Rev. Robert Turner. Rev. Fred Holder was elected clerk. 

The necessary arrangements being completed, the Commission moved 
into the sanctuary for the service. Rev. Robert Turner preached the 
sermon on, "The Habitation of God," from Ephesians 3:22. Then he 
propounded the constitutional questions to the pastor and the congrega- 
tion. Mr. Lytch was then declared installed as pastor of the Newell 
Presbyterian Church. Dr. Walsh offered the installation prayer and 
then charged the pastor. Rev. Fred Holder then charged the con- 
gregation. After the singing of the Hymn, "The Church's One Founda- 
tion," Mr. Lytch pronounced the benediction. 

The Commission continued its meeting after the service. The 
minutes were read, the clerk was instructed to make the report to the 
State Clerk, and the meeting was closed with prayer by Rev. Stewart 
Yandle. 

Robert Turner, Chairman 
Fred C. Holder, Clerk 

4. To Ordain and Install Mr. J. S. McClure. 

The Commission to ordain and install Mr. Joe McClure to the Gospel 
Ministry and as pastor of the Huntersville Presbyterian Church met 
at the Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sunday, June 26, 1955, 
7:30 P.M. All members of the Commission were present, which included, 
Dr. J. W. Grier, Rev. Fred Holder, Rev. Robert Rayburn; Messrs. R. L. 
Willis, and John McClure, Elders. The meeting was called to order and 
constituted by prayer led by Rev. Fred Holder. Dr. J. W. Grier was 
elected Chairman and Rev. Robert W. Rayburn, Secretary. After the 
service at which Mr. Joe McClure preached a sermon on "The Holy 
Spirit and the Church" based on Acts 2:1, the motion was made that 
the sermon be approved as satisfactory. The meeting was closed with 
prayer by Rev. Robert Rayburn. 

The Commission to ordain and install Mr. Joe S. McClure met at 
the Huntersville Presbyterian Church, Sunday, July 3, 1955 at 7:30 
P.M. The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev. Fred Holder. 



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Ministers present were: Dr. J. W. Grier, Rev. Fred Holder, and 
Rev. Robert W. Rayburn. 

Ruling- Elders present: R. L. Willis, John T. McClure, and Crosby A. 
Dunn. 

The Commission proceeded first to the licensure of Candidate Joe S. 
McClure. After the Constitutional Questions w^ere put by Dr. Grier, 
Mr. Joe S. McClure was licensed to the Gospel ministry. The Commis- 
sion then engaged in worship with the Congregation. Dr. Grier presided. 
Mr. Crosby A. Dunn led the prayer of Invocation. Rev. Robert Rayburn 
preached the sermon. After Dr. Grier propounded the Constitutional 
questions to Mr. McClure and the laying on of the hands by the Com- 
mission, Mr. John T. McClure led the Ordination prayer. Dr. Grier 
then declared that Rev. Joe S. McClure was duly ordained and installed 
as Pastor of the Huntersville Church. Rev. Fred Holder charged the 
newly ordained and installed Pastor. Mr. R. L. Willis charged the 
Congregation. The Commission voted to express and to record its 
gratitude and appreciation for the cordial reception accord it by the 
Huntersville Congregation. The minutes were adopted. The Commission 
was adjourned with prayer by Rev. Fred Holder. 

Dr. J. W. Grier, Chairman 
Robert W. Rayburn, Secretary 

5. To Ordain and Install Mr. W. D. Lively. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to ordain 
and install Mr. W. D. Lively, Pastor of Brainerd Presbyterian Church, 
Rockingham, N. C, met in the new building on the Airport Road at 
6:30 p.m., June 26, 1955. Rev. R. H. Stone, Chairman of the Commission, 
asked Rev. Dwight L. Barker to lead in prayer after which Mr. Thomas 
H. Wilson, Elder in the First Church, Rockingham, was elected Secretary. 
The other member present was Rev. Carl S. Miller. 

The Commission then heard Mr. W. D. Lively preach a sermon from 
the first chapter of Acts. After the sermon a motion was made and 
carried that this part of the candidate's examination be sustained. A 
motion prevailed to approve all parts of the examination for ordination. 
The worship service was held at 7:30 p.m.; Rev. R. H. Stone presided. 
In the devotional service the chairman led in the opening prayer; the 
scripture was read by Mr. Thomas Wilson, and the pastoral prayer was 
by Rev. Dwight L. Barker. A sermon was preached by Rev. Carl S. 
Miller on the subject, "The Constancy of Love," the text was Ruth 
1:16, 17. 

The call of the Brainerd Church for the pastoral services of Mr. 
Lively was presented to him by the chairman; this call he accepted. 

Mr. Stone briefly recited the proceedings of Presbytery preparatory 
to Ordination. He proposed to Mr. Lively the ordination vows and the 
questions for installation as pastor, all of which were answered in the 
affirmative. The congregation answered their questions in the affirma- 
tive. Mr. Lively then knelt and the members of the Presbytery Commis- 
sion engaged in the laying on of hands, and the ordination prayer was 
by Rev. Carl S. Miller. The service of ordination was completed by 
the giving of the right hand of fellowship, and Mr. Lively was declared 
by the chairman to be regularly elected, ordained and installed pastor 
of Brainerd Presbyterian Church. After a charge to the pastor by Rev. 



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Dwight L. Barker, a charge to the congregation by Elder Thomas H. 
Wilson, the service was concluded with prayer by the new pastor. Rev. 
W. D. Lively. 

While the officers and members of the church were greeting their 
new pastor, his wife and his mother, the Commission retired, reviewed 
and approved the minutes and was dismissed with prayer by Mr. Thomas 
H. Wilson. 

R. H. Stone, Chairman 
Thomas H. Wilson, Secretary 

6. To Install Rev. James A. Doom. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
Rev. J. L. Doom as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hamlet, North 
Carolina, on date of Sunday, May 8, 1955 assembled for meeting in the 
Pastor's study at 7:45 P.M. with Ruling Elder J. B. Kuykendall, Chair- 
man, presiding. Meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. Carl Miller, 
after which procedure of the installation service was outlined by Mr. 
Kuykendall. 

The service was presided over by Mr. Kuykendall. 

Invocation, Rev. Carl S. Miller. 

Introduction of Commission, Mr. Kuykendall. 

Scripture Reading, Ruling Elder J. M. Shinn. 

Sermon, Dr. Warner Hall. 

Constitutional questions to the pastor, Mr. Kuykendall. 

Constitutional questions to the congregation, Mr. Kuykendall. 

Charge to the pastor. Rev. D. E. Wilkinson. 

Charge to the congregation, Rev. Carl S. Miller. 

The commission reconvened after the installation service and upon 
completion of business meeting was closed with prayeT by J. L. Doom. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. M. Shinn 

Appointed Secretary of Meeting 

Presbytery engaged in a season of Prayer for world 
leaders at the Geneva Conference. 

Minister Accepts Call — A Call from the St. Paul Presby- 
terian Church for the services of the Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 
was approved by the Presbytery, accepted by Mr. Boyce. The 
Call was placed in his hands and arrangements for his installa- 
tion were made. (See report of Committee on Installations.) 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education — The 

Committee on Ministerial Education made the following re- 
port which was adopted: 

The Committee on Ministerial Education would introduce to Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery the following men who desire to be received as candi- 
dates for the Gospel ministry. 



22 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



1. Mr. James Arthur Beard, a member of the Williams Memorial 
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Beard is married, is presently employed as 
a salesman. He is a graduate of North Carolina State College with 
the degree of B.S. in Horticulture and Agronomy. He plans on taking 
his theological training at Columbia Theological Seminary. 

2. Mr. William Neil Gordon, a member of the First Presbyterian 
Church of Monroe, N. C. Mr. Gordon is a graduate of Davidson College 
with a B.S. degree. He plans to take his theological training at Union 
Theological Seminary. 

3. Mr. Robert Anderson Huffaker, a member of the Myers Park 
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Huffaker plans to enter Davidson College this 
fall, and following his college work to take his theological training at 
Union Theological Seminary. 

4. Mr. Charles Betts Huntley, a member of the Westminster Presby- 
terian Church. Mr. Huntley is a rising sophomore at Duke University. 

5. Mr. Charles Ray MacDonald, a member of the Myers Park Pres- 
byterian Church. Mr. MacDonald is married, and is presently employed 
as a construction Engineer in Greensboro, N. C. He is a graduate of 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S. and M.S. degrees. 
Mr. MacDonald plans to take his theological training at Union Seminary. 

6. Mr. Audry Berdette McCraskey, Jr., a member of the Badin Pres- 
byterian Church. Mr. McCroskey is a sophomore at Presbyterian College, 
and plans on probably attending Union Theological Seminary for his 
theological training. 

7. Mr. Alex Jackson Morrison, a member of the Benton Heights 
Presbyterian Church at Monroe, N. C. Mr. Morrison is married and 
is presently occupied in work with the Seaboard Air-line Railroad. He 
is an ordained Elder and has supplied pulpits in churches without 
pastors. Mr. Morrison is asking to be received as a candidate under the 
extraordinary case-clause. 

8. Mr. Thomas Winslow Westmoreland, a member of the Caldwell 
Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mr. Westmoreland is a student at 
Presbyterian College, and upon completing his college work plans to 
take his theological training at Columbia Seminary. 

We wholeheartedly recommend these men to Mecklenburg Presbytery 
that they be enrolled as candidates for the Gospel Ministry following 
their examination and the assumption of their vows. 

At the April meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery, the following 
motion was adopted: 

"That the Committee on Ministerial Education bring in a 
recommendation concerning the hearing of candidates' 
sermons — and. 

That the committee study the matter of examinations of 
candidates for licensure and ordination with reference to re- 
ducing the amount of time required." 

With a sincere desire to carry out this directive, the committee has 
studied the motion and by unanimous approval offers the following 
recommendation : 



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"That Mecklenburg Presbytery continue to follow the pro- 
cedure set down in the Rules of Presbytery and Book of 
Church Order: that a candidate for licensure be required to 
preach a sermon before the Presbytery as a part of his 
parts-of -trial . . . and . . . that the Committee on Ministerial 
Education seek to be as concise as possible in their exam- 
ination of candidates, yet so as not to violate that statement 
in the Book of Church Order which declares: 'The examination 
shall be close and particular'." (Par. 118) 

G. Dana Waters, Chairman 
Committee on Ministerial Education 

Minister Received — The Rev. Stuart A. Ritchie seeking 
membership in Mecklenburg Presbytery, presented a certifi- 
cate of Transfer from Fayetteville Presbytery. The Certificate 
of transfer was found in order and the Presbytery proceeded 
to examine Mr. Ritchie in accordance with the provisions of 
the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved 
as satisfactory and he was enrolled upon the signing of the 
Covenant. 

A Call for the services of the Rev. Stuart A, Ritchie from 
the Troy Presbyterian Church, Troy, N. C, was placed in his 
hands and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to 
Install him. (See report of Committee on installations.) 

Candidates Received — The Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presented the following men who are seeking to be 
taken under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery as Candi- 
dates for the Gospel Ministry: Mr. James Arthur Beard, a 
member of the Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church; Mr. 
William Neil Gordon, a member of the First Presbvterian 
Church, Monroe, N. C; Mr. Robert Anderson Huffaker, a 
member of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church ; Mr. Charles 
Betts Huntley, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian 
Church ; Mr. Charles Ray MacDonald, a member of the Myers 
Park Presbyterian Church; Mr. Audry Berdette McCroskey, 
Jr., a member of the Badin Presbyterian Church; Mr. Alex 
Jackson Morrison, a member of the Benton Heights Presby- 
terian Church and Mr. Thomas Winslow Westmoreland, a 
member of the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church. Upon 
the recommendation of the Committee the Presbytery pro- 
ceeded to their examination in accordance with the provisions 
of the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved 
as satisfactory and they were received under the care of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery as Candidates for the Gospel 
Ministry. 



24 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Rev. D. K. Snyder gave the Charge to the Candidates 
and the Rev. R. F. Whitley led in the prayer of dedication. 

Candidates Received and Examined for Licensure and 
Ordination — The Committee on Ministerial Education pre- 
sented Mr. Grady E. Dixon. He was received under the care 
of Mecklenburg Presbytery as a Candidate for the Gospel 
Ministry from Kings Mountain Presbytery. Upon the recom- 
mendation of the Committee and Concurrence by the Pres- 
bytery Mr. Dixon was examined in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the Book of Church Order. This part of the exam- 
ination was approved as satisfactory. Mr. Dixon and Mr. 
E. A. McLeod preached their sermons before the Presbytery. 
Mr. McLeod had previously been examined to this point. This 
part of the examination was approved as satisfactory. The 
examination as a whole was approved. The Presbytery pro- 
ceeded to license Mr. Dixon and Mr. McLeod. 

A Call to the W. H. Belk Memorial Presbyterian Church for 
the services of Mr. Grady E. Dixon was placed in his hands 
and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed to Ordain 
and Install him. (See Report of Committee on Installations.) 

A Call from the Morven and Camden Presbyterian 
Churches for the services of Mr. E. A. McLeod was placed in 
his hands and accepted by him. A Commission was appointed 
to Ordain and Install him. (See Report of Committee on 
Installations.) 

Presbytery recessed for lunch at one o'clock to reconvene 
at 2 o'clock. The Moderator led in prayer. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

The Presbytery reconvened at two o'clock and was led in 
prayer after the singing of a hymn. 

Report of Presbytery's Special Committee on 200th Anni- 
versary Celebration — The special Committee of Presbytery 
appointed to arrange for the 200th Anniversary celebration 
or organzied Presbyterianism in this section made the follow- 
ing report which was adopted. Members of the Committee 
were presented to the Presbytery and commended for their 
outstanding work. 

Presbytery's Committee appointed to celebrate the two hundredth 
anniversary of organized Presbyterianism in present Mecklenburg 



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County is happy to report the successful staging of the historical drama, 
"Voice in the Wilderness" by Dr. LeGette Blythe, depicting the rise and 
growth of Presbyterianism in early Mecklenburg in its struggle for 
religious and political independence. 

It is estimated that twenty thousand attended the four performances 
at Southern States Fair Ground on June 14, 15, 16 and 19. More than 
two hundred persons served on committees and approximately four 
hundred were in the cast. 

We are grateful to the churches which supported the undertaking 
financially, and to all individuals who had a part in the production. 
Professor John Richards McCrae of Converse College selected and 
trained the cast and directed the magnificent spectacle. Mrs. Lillie B. 
Smith was in charge of the costuming. We are indebted to these and 
those in the cast for devoting their time and their talents in making the 
drama a success. 

We rejoice that Sugaw Creek is planning to observe this fall its two 
hundredth anniversary and we would commend to the other colonial 
churches — Hopewell, Steele Creek, Providence and Philadelphia — that 
they take steps to follow the lead of Sugaw Creek and fittingly cele- 
brating their bi-centennial. 

Our financial report is incomplete for a few bills have not yet been 
presented. We request that the committee be continued until a final 
report may be made later to Presbytery. We still have a balance in the 
treasury. 

We are especially indebted to the following without whose help the 
pageant could not have been produced: 

LeGette Blythe for his genius in conceiving and his master 

hand in writing the script: Kenneth W. Whitsett for his 

artistry in giving life and color to the past; Roy W. Robinson 

for his careful supervision of the lighting and sound effects; 

J. B. Kuykendall for his superb handling of publicity; John 

McDowell, for being "Johnnie-on-the-Spot" in co-ordinating 

the scenes; Donald Francis MacDonald for his suggesting 

our director and for his assistance to him; Rev. A. Leslie 

Thompson for promoting the religious phase of the drama by 

contacting the churches; Professor Donald Plott of Davidson 

College and the choir for their rendition of the sweet music 

of the Psalms in the traditional Rouse's version; A. Grant 

Whitney, Chairman of Executive Committee, for his attention 

to details and his keeping the group in perfect accord; and 

last but not least. Dr. R. H. Stone for his vision in promoting 

the observance and making his dream become a reality. 

We crave the privilege of introducting to Presbytery, and having 

Presbytery officially recognize these persons whose labor and love made 

possible the wonderful historical drama and whose remuneration and 

reward will be only your thanks and the satisfaction of a job well done. 

R. A. Grier, Chairman 

Moderator Nominated — Ruling Elder, Dr. LeGette Blythe, 
of the Huntersville Presbyterian Church and author of the 
historical drama ''Voice in the Wilderness" was elected 
Moderator Nominee for the next meeting of the Presbytery. 



26 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Report of Sub-Committee on World Missions — Mr. J. W. 

McLaney, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on World Missions, 
addressed the Presbytery. The report was received as in- 
formation. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — Presbytery's Council 
made the following report which was adopted. 

The Council of Presbytery met in the office of the Executive Secre- 
tary on July 15th at 2:30. Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., led in the opening 
prayer. 

Plans for an Every Member Canvass were discussed in detail. Rev. 
S. M. Inman, Chairman of Stewardship, is in charge of this effort. Some 
25 teams are being activiated to visit each Church in the Presbytery 
prior to the Every Member Canvass. In the adoption of this report, 
Presbytery authorizes this visitation. 

The Council makes the following recommendations: 

1. That no change be made in our method of electing Commissioners 
to the General Assembly. 

2. The Presbytery's Council has been advised that there has been 
deposite4 with the Clerk of Court of Mecklenburg County a will or wills 
of the late Mrs. Robert A. Dunn in which the agencies of the Presby- 
terian Church in the United States and agencies of the Mecklenburg 
Presbytery have been named as beneficiaries. The validity of such wills 
is in doubt. 

We recommend that this matter be referred to the Trustees of the 
Presbytery with full authority to act for the Presbytery in such manner 
as in their judgment seem wise. 

3. That Presbytery accept the full askings for Assembly and Synod 
Causes as sent down to us by the Synod. This amount is $475,066: 
$300,040 for Assembly Causes and $175,026 for Synod Causes. 

4. That our Presbytery Budget be $98,000.00, distributed as follows: 
Church Extension, $90,000.00; Christian Education, $5,000.00; Special 
Replacement Fund for Camp Stewart, $3,000.00. 

5. That the Stewardship Committee be instructed to apportion this 
total of $573,066 to the Churches of the Presbytery according to the 
formula adopted by the Presbytery and report to the September meeting 
of Presbytery. 

W. M. Boyce 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted: 

1. That the following Commission be appointed to Install Rev. 
W. M. Boyce, Jr., as pastor of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church on 
July 24th at 8:00 P.M. Rev. Fred Holder, Chairman; Rev. Russell M. 
Kerr, to preach the sermon; Rev. Wm. Boyce, Sr. to charge the pastor; 
Mr. Philip F. Howerton to charge the congregation; Alternates: Rev. C. 
Don Coffey, III and Mr. Charles G. Sellers. 

2. That the following Commission be appointed to Ordain and In- 
stall Mr. Grady E. Dixon as pastor of the W. H. Belk Presbyterian 



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Church on Sunday, July 24th at 8:00 P.M. Rev. G. Dana Waters, 
chairman, Rev. W. T. Smith, to charge the congregation; Rev. W. B. 
McSwain, to charge the pastor; That Rev. R. H. Ratchford of Kings 
Mountain Presbytery be invited to preach the sermon. Elder, Mr. P. S. 
Snipes. Alternates, Rev. Hugh D. Pollard and Mr. J. N. Stribling. 

3. That the follov^ing Commission be appointed to Install Rev. 
Stewart A. Ritchie pastor of the Troy Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 
August 28th at 8:00 P.M. Rev. George Fletcher, to preside; Rev. Stewart 
Yandle to preach; Rev. A. Leslie Thompson to charge the pastor and 
Mr. Horace McCall to charge the congregation. Alternate, Mr. Charles 
Eckerson. 

, ^ R. H. Stone, Chairman 

John J. Oznent 
G. Dana Waters 

Church Relocated — Upon the recommendation of the Sub- 
Committee on Home Missions, Presbytery granted permis- 
sion to relocate the Tenth Avenue Presbyterian Church to a 
new location on Central Avenue just beyond the city limits 
of Charlotte. 

Report of the Committee on Resolutions — The Committee 
on Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

The Committee on Resolutions submits the following Recommenda- 
tions: 

That Mecklenburg Presbytery meeting at Camp Stev^art on T^cesday, 
July 19, 1955, express its gratitude to the Committee on Christian 
Education for its entertainment of the Presbytery, for the very fine 
dinner which we enjoyed and all its provisions for us. 

That this resolution be conveyed to all persons concerned, especially 
Mr. J. N. Sloan, the Camp superintendent and his staff. 

Respectfully submitted, 
S. W. Yandle, chairman 
C. M. Coffey 
Elder Puckett 

Report of Committee on Presbytery's Records — The 

Committee on Presbytery's Records made the following report 
which was adopted: 

The Committee finds the minutes of Presbytery meetings on January 
18, 1955 and April 12, 1955 as printed in order with the following 
exceptions : 

1. The minor typographical errors that creep into a printed report: 
Ex. P. P. 6, 28, 45. 

2. P. 4, the Chairman of the Education Committee is not listed as 
a member of said Committee. 

The Clerks are commended for their diligence in keeping the Presby- 
tery Minutes. 

Harold D. Hayward, Chairman 
Charles G. McClure 
A. M. Cathey 
J. L. Choate 



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Manual Change Adopted — The Presbytery voted on second 
reading- to change its Manual to read that the Fall meeting 
of the Presbytery shall be held the third Tuesday in September 
instead of the third Tuesday in October. 

Commissioners to General Assembly Report — The Com- 
missioners to the General Assembly from Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery made their reports which were received as information. 
They were commended for their diligence. 

Salary Change — The St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 
was given permission to change the terms of its Call to its 
Minister to allow a salary change from $3,500 to $3,600. 

Next Meeting — The Presbytery accepted the invitation of 
the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church for its Fall meeting in 
September. 

Invitation Accepted — The Presbytery accepted the invita- 
tion of the Bethel Presyterian Church for the Spring meeting 
in April. 

Rising Vote of Thanks — The Presbytery gave a rising vote 
of thanks to Mr. J. Nick Sloan, Superintendent of Camp 
Stewart, and his helpers for their efforts in behalf of the 
Presbytery during the meeting. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with Prayer led by the Rev. S. H. 
Zealy, to meet at 9 A.M. September 20, 1955 at the Sugaw 
Creek Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

S. H. Hutchison, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 

B. F. Yandell, Acting Permanent Clerk 

A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 29 

The Two Hundred Tenth 
Stated Session of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
September 20, 1955 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Tenth Stated Meeting in the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Moderator, the Rev. Sheldon M. Hutchison led the 
opening worship and preached the opening sermon based on 
Ephesians 4:1-16 on the subject ''Ecclessiastical Nomencla- 
ture." 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was observed. It 
was administered by Rev. J. W. Grier and Rev. W. H. John- 
ston assisted by the Elders of the Sugaw Creek Church. 

HISTORY OF THE SUGAW CREEK CHURCH 

A copy of "A History of the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church" 
by Rev. Neil R. McGeachy was presented to Presbytery by the host 
Pastor, the Rev. Leslie Thompson. In lieu of a full account of the 
two hundred years-long history of the Sugaw Creek Church, the 
pastor presented Mr. L. P. Hunter who gave a resume of the past ten 
years. It is as follows: 

Since a great deal of the history of Sugaw Creek Church has 
already been presented in recent months in the historical pageant, 
"Voice in the Wilderness," and Reverend Neill R. McGeachy's A Histary 
of the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, my history will briefly cover 
the past ten years. 

Early in January, 1945, Reverend Neill McGeachy announced to the 
officers of Sugaw Creek that he was accepting a call to the First 
Presbyterian Church, Statesville, North Carolina. 

After losing a pastor who had served us well through most of the 
trying years of World War II, we now set out to find another leader 
for our congregation. Our search came to a happy conclusion with the 
acceptance of a call from our congregation by our present pastor, the 
Reverend A. Leslie Thompson, who with his wife and two children 
moved to Sugaw Creek in May, 1945. 



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While our Pulpit Committee searched for a new pastor we complertely 
renovated the Sugaw Creek Manse from top to bottom at a cost of 
approximately twelve thousand dollars. From time to time we have 
made additions and necessary repairs to our manse. 

Within the past ten years we have covered with new roofing all of 
the buildings on the church property. We have built a modern Boy Scout 
Hut at the rear of a large play area. 

The old Session House on our grounds, where many of our elderly 
members attended school, has been remodeled within the past ten years, 
and used as a Sunday School classroom. 

Because of the pressing need for Sunday School space in 1946, we 
built a temporary Adult Educational Building at a cost of about three 
thousand dollars. 

During the year 1948 we constructed choir elevations for both Junior 
and Senior Choirs. Within the ten years covered by this report we 
have installed a memorial organ and chimes to the memory of those 
sons of Sugaw Creek who gave their lives for our country. 

All groups of our church are organized and our music department 
has made great progress under the leadership of choir directors and 
musicians employed by our church. 

Our Women of the Church are well organized with thirteen circles 
and have, on more than one occasion in the past decade, shovim the 
men how to get things done. They conduct Scripture study courses and 
Bible lectures for the whole congregation. 

Our deacons within the last few years have installed the rotary 
system, and report good results. Our elders and deacons hold regular 
joint meetings and called meetings as often as necessary. 

We have within the year, districted our congregation into nineteen 
districts with one deacon and one elder in charge of each district. This 
aids greatly in our contacts between officers and members, and also 
supplements our pastor's work. 

Our Mens' Club functions to give every man in our church a job, 
and to tie him closer to Christ through service. 

Our full-time director of Christian education, Miss Margaret Hood, 
integrates the work of our various departments, and works diligently 
with our young people at the Pioneer and Senior levels as well as with 
the Westminster Fellowship Group. 

Other of our youth activities include our Girl Scouts, Brownies, 
and Boy Scouts. 

So far I have told you about some of our buildings and the various 
organizations. Now for some of the results of our labors. Within 
the decade we have had: a senior elected moderator of the Assembly's 
Youth Council; a candidate received by the Presbytery for the gospel 
ministry; one young woman become a director of Christian education; 
and another serving as a secretary for an executive of the Synod of 
North Carolina. At present we have two young people seriously con- 
sidering full-time Christian service — one, the ministry; the other. World 
Mission Service. 

Next what have we done with our stewardship program? We use 
the every member canvass system. Our giving has increased approxi- 
mately four hundred per cent to the regular budget, benevolent giving 



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has increased about the same proportion. Our goal is to reach the point 
where we give to benevolences more than we use for ourselves. 

We have maintained a good record for prompt payment of Presby- 
tery's askings for benevolent causes through its local treasurer. 

What has Sugaw Creek done in ten years for those outside the 
church? We have organized and maintained a visitation Evangelism 
Program, supported by about thirty of our men and women. This one 
effort has brought Christ to many and many to Christ. 

Our outpost Sunday School, conducted by our laymen and laywomen, 
has brought in recent years, fifteen souls to Jesus Christ. 

Our pastor and members of the Session have served communion to 
the shut-in members of our congregation. 

How well have we persuaded others to join their hearts and hands 
with us in the Lord's work? Our Sessional records read as follows: 
three hundred and sixty-three by certificate and two hundred and 
twenty-eight on profession of faith. This gives us an average of a 
little better than one person a week. 

We look back upon the past with grateful hearts for God's blessings 
upon this church and for the long line of faithful ministers who have 
served us so well. 

Before closing let us turn our attention to the preparations we have 
made as we begin our third century of service. We invite you to see 
our new Educational Building and Fellowship Hall, which are now 
nearing completion. These facilities, combined with our present ones, 
will accommodate more than eight hundred Sunday School pupils, with 
room for approximately three hundred in our dining hall. This is part 
of Sugaw Creek's own program of progress. We are humbly grateful 
to our Heavenly Father for these splendid additions to be used in His 
work. 

We embark upon this the Master's work with a simple faith in 
Jesus Christ, a certain assurance that this is truly God's program among 
men to bring salavation to all through His Church. To this noble 
cause, we of Sugaw Creek, dedicate our new buildings. May all who 
fall within the shadow of Sugaw Creek be blessed as we have. 

The Pastor, Rev. Leslie Thompson then introduced Mr. Robert W. 
McConnell, Senior Elder of the Sugaw Creek Congregation. Announce- 
ment was made of the Bi-centennial Servies, October 9-14, 1955. The 
motion was made to adopt the reading of the history of the Church 
and to enter it into the record. 

Roll — The following were present or were enrolled during 
the meeting: 

Ministers — J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. 
Yandell, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Price, Jr.; W. B. Neill, R. A. Young, 
D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., S. M. Inman, 

F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thomp- 
son, R. F. Whitley, W. L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, John A. Carriker, 
Henry S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, H. G. 
Bedinger, C. S. Miller, Ben F. Moore, W. M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, 

G. Dana Waters, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, Roy E. Hoke, F. C. 
Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, 



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J. G. Kirckhoff, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, W. M. Boyce, Jr., Hugh 

D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, R. G. Laurens, 
S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., B. F. Ferguson, J. R. Crook, Sheldon 
A. Koesy, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, S. W. Hogue, 
C. McD. Coffey, L Howard Chadwick, W. S. Boyce, Robert Turner, 
A. A. Allen, Dwight L. Barker, R. V. Colen, W. F. Mitchell, W. T. 
Taylor, M. B. Dudley, F. C. Holder, C. D. Caldwell, Hugh M. Jefferson, 
M. R. Williamson, E. L. Stoffel, James L. Doom, T. Duke Williams, 
W. E. Lytch, J. S. McClure, W. N. Clark, S. A. Ritchie, Grady E. Dixon, 

E. A. McLeod, Claude G. Pepper, and 0. W. Perrell— 83. 

Ruling Elders — J. N. Auten, Albemarle First; L. D. Campbell, Amity; 
J. E. Kimbril, Avondale; A. C. Gardner, Badin; Lester L. Carter, Banks; 
O. V. Morton, Benton Heights; Arthur Brown, Nethel; D. A. Monroe, 
Biscoe; E. R. McAuley, Caldwell Memorial; Jesse W. Morris, Camden; 
H. Page McAuley, Candor; J. M. Hayes, Central Steele Creek; J. G. 
Todd, Charlotte First; Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Memorial; C. Clarence 
Austin, Commonwealth; J. R. Thompson, Cook's Memorial; T. B. Fidler, 
Cornelius; M. C. Bailey, P. C. Gurley, H. J. Allison, Covenant; C. W. 
Todd, Eastminster; Ralph L. Cox, Ellerbe First; R. W. Blackwelder, Jr., 
Forest Hill; L. S. Brown, Hamlet First; A. R. Shaw, Jr., Indian Hill; 
E. J. Stinson, Indian Trail; E. R. Holley, Locust; J. R. Lewis, Macedonia; 
J. A. Kirk, Mallard Creek; W. R. Gibson, Mark's Creek; Fred L. Plyler, 
Marshville; J. W. Russell, Matthews; W. 0. Johnston, McGee; John R. 
Litaker, McQuay Memorial; Carl McCain, Monroe First; A. B. Craven, 
Mt. Carmel; J. E. Poe, Mt. Gilead; D. P. Rhyne, Mulberry; Everitt 
Bierman, Myers Park; C. C. Moore, New Salem; John R. Russell, Newell; 
W. H. Henderson, North Charlotte; David C. Lee. Norwood; J. R. Win- 
gate, Paw Creek; Olin Mullis, Philadelphia; R. B. Johnston, Jr., Pineville; 
J. L. Fesperman, Plaza; J. B. Currence, Pleasant Hill; L. Carl Harper, 
Providence; E. S. Barnhardt, Ramah; L. A. Kelly, Rockingham First; 
Amon Currie, Rourk; W. P. Summerville, St. Andrews; J. L. Nance, 
St. Paul; Perry L. Alexander, Sardis; Edwin L. Dean, Selwyn Avenue; 
A. C. Williams, Sharon; R. A. Plyler, Jr., Six Mile Creek; Charles L. 
Spencer, Jr., South Park; R. W. McConnell, Sugaw Creek; J. C. Brumley, 
Sr., Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; W. J. McKinnon, Wades- 
boro; B. S. McWhorter, Walkersville; T. R. Nisbet, Waxhaw; Herbert 
McCall, West Avenue; Neal A. Ranson, Westminster; C. F. Jackson, 
Westover Hills; H. G. Stancil, Williams Memorial; T. A. Greene, 
Wilmore— 72. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following ministers were introduced to Presbytery and 
invited to sit as visiting brethren : Rev. Wm. J. Wylie, Rogers 
Memorial A.R.P. Church, Rock Hill, S. C. ; Rev. W. H. Corkey, 
Albemarle Presbytery; Rev. Joseph Hopper, Lexington- 
Ebenezer Presbytery; Rev. John A. McLaney, Louisville 
Presbytery. 

Moderator Elected — Ruling Elder Legette Blythe, Mod- 
erator-in-Nomination was elected Moderator. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 33 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The Committee 
on Arrangements made the following report which was 
adopted : 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that 
Presbytery follow the printed docket noting these three 
things : 

1. The first order after lunch is to nominate Moderator 
for next meeting. 

2. The second order after lunch be provided to hear a 
brief report from the Christian Education Committee. 

3. Recess for lunch at 12:30 P.M. to reconvene at 
1:30 P.M. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by the Retiring Moderator — Rev. S. M. 

Hutchison. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials. 

4. History of the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church — Rev. A. L. 

Thompson. 

5. Enrollment — Members of the Presbytery; Visiting Brethren; Intro- 

duction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Dr. Legette Blythe, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Assembly's Minutes. 

9. Communications. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. Roswell C. Long. 

2. Other Commissions. 

13. Reports of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. W. M. Boyce. 

2. Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

3. Homes — Rev. H. G. Bedinger. 

4. Nominations — Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer. 

14. Report of Standing Committees. (See 8 above.) 

15. Unfinished Business. 

16. New Business. 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 
appointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. Shelton M. Hutchison, Chairman; Rev. 
M. B. Prince, Jr., L. P. Hunter, Jr., E. R. McAuley. 

2. Installations: Rev. B. F. Yandell, Chairman; Rev. W. M. Boyce, 
Jr., Henry J. Allison, J. H. Hayes. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. Q. N. Hunneycutt, Chairman; Rev. C. G. 
McClure, Mr. John R. Litaker, Mr. M. C. Bailey. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, Chairman; Rev. W. M. Boyce, 
Mr. H. G. Stancil, Mr. J. N. Auten. 

5. Assembly's Minutes: Rev. D. K. Snyder, Rev. Roy F. Whitley, 
Mr. T. R. Nisbet, Mr. A. M. Cathey. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated : 

1. From the following ministers requests asking for excuse from this 
meeting of Presbytery, Rev. W. J. Hunneycutt, Rev. W. D. Lively, Rev. 
J. A. Jones, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, and Rev. Cecil Lawrence. Requests 
were granted. 

2. From the Elders of the Smallwood and Sunset Hills Churches 
asking for excused absence from Presbytery due to work. These 
requests were granted 

3. From Rev. Carl Miller reporting his attendance at the General 
Assembly in Richmond. Report was received as information. 

4. From Board of Christian Education regarding scholarships be 
placed in the hands of the Christian Education Committee. Motion to be 
so done was granted. 

5. From the General Secretary of the Synod of N. C. requesting 
the Commission on the Minister and His Work to please present its 
minutes on actions taken in line with Paragraph 92 of Book of Church 
Order. Request referred to Commission on the Minister and his work. 

6. From Board of Church Extension, Division of Christian Relations 
requesting Churches to place the work of Christian Relations on the 
Church Calendar for January. Request was received as information. 

7. From the Office of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly a 
compilation of actions taken by the General Assembly relative to the 
work of the Church. This was read and received as information. 

Report of the Commission on Minister and His Work — The 

Commission on the Minister and His Work reported through 
its chairman, Rev. Roswell Long and the following report 
was admitted to the record: 



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Your Commission has approved Rev. Claude G. Pepper for a call to 
the Matthews Church, and we hold that call properly made out by the 
church, ready to be presented to him after examination by Presbytery. 

We also have calls ready for presentation to Rev. 0. W. Perrell to 
the Waxhaw Church; and to Rev. J. E. Forgartie to the Myers Park 
Church. 

We call attention to the availability of Rev. W. B. H. Corkey for 
Supply Work. Mr. Corkey, now residing within our bounds is a member 
of Albemarle Presbytery. He was for 14 years a missionary in 
Manchuria, and served the Lord in many areas of the ministry as a most 
faithful leader. 

For the Commission 
Roswell Long, Chairman 

Ministers Received — The following certificates of transfer 
were presented for ministers seeking membership in Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery: Rev. 0. W. Perrell, Lexington Presby- 
tery; Rev. Claude G. Pepper, Albemarle Presbytery. These 
certificates were found in order and Presbytery proceeded to 
examine them in accordance with the provisions of the Book 
of Church Order. The examination as a whole was approved 
as satisfactory. Upon the signing of the Covenant, these 
were enrolled as members of the Presbytery. Calls were placed 
in their hands and were accepted. Commissions were appointed 
to install them. (See Report of Committee on Installations.) 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education — The 

Committee on Ministerial Education made the following report 
which was adopted: 

It is with gratitude and praise unto God that the Committee on 
Ministerial Education reports: 

52 candidates for the Gospel ministry and 1 candidate for lay service 
under the care of Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

4 of these candidates are in an inactive status ... 

3 are presently serving in the armed forces ... 
24 are in their college preparation . . . and 
21 are studying at seminary. 

Grades and accompanying comments from the various colleges and 
seminaries on their work has been good. The majority of our candidates 
have reported on their summer activities. 

May we emphasize again the continual need for challenging the 
youth of our congregations with the call to the Christian ministry and 
Christian lay service. 

We would present to Presbytery a young lady who desires to be 
received as a candidate for lay service . . . and seven young men who 
are asking to be enrolled as candidates for the ministry: 

1. Miss Florence Kelly Monroe, is a member of the Biscoe Presby- 
terian Church. Miss Monroe is a graduate of Bob Jones University 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



and has served in the First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater, 
Tennessee as a Director of Christian Education. She also taught 
junior and senior English and speech in the Sweetwater High School. 
Miss Monroe is enrolled at Assembly's Training School where she 
has begun her studies this fall. 

2. Mr. Michael Louis Andrews, a member of the Caldwell Memorial 
Presbyterian is a student at Presbyterian College in his second 
year. He plans to attend Columbia Seminary upon completing his 
college study. 

3. Mr. James Patterson Fleming is a member of the Selwyn Ave. 
Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College 
and is enrolled at Columbia Seminary where, pending his reception 
as a candidate, he will begin his theological studies tomorrow. 

4. Mr. John Edwin Kimbril is a member of the Avondale Presbyterian 
Church, and is a first year student at Davidson College. He is 
president of the Presbyterian Youth Fellowship of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery for the current year, as such is serving as an ex- 
officio member of Presbytery's Committee on Christian Education. 

5. Mr. John Vernon Lawing, Jr. is a member of the Caldwell Memorial 
Presbyterian Church. He is in his senior year at Gordon Divinity 
School, Beverly Farms, Mass. He plans to take an additional year 
of study at Columbia Theological Seminary prior to his licensure 
and ordination. Mr. Lawing is married and has a small son. 

6. Mr. William Everand Massey, Jr., is a member of the Covenant 
Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of Duke University and the 
Duke University School of Forestry, holding both A.B. and M.F. 
degrees. He has served as a Naval Aviator for two years. Mr. 
Massey is married and has entered Union Theological Seminary this 
fall to begin his seminary work. 

7. Mr. Zane Marshall Moore is a member of the New Salem Presby- 
terian Church. He is a junior at Elon College and upon completion 
of his college work expects to attend Union Seminary. Mr. Moore's 
college work was interrupted by military service. Prior to this 
service he attended Wingate Junior College and Queens College. 

8. Mr. John Robert Turner, is a member of the Covenant Presbyterian 
Church. He is a first year student at Davidson College. He gradu- 
ated from Darlington Preparatory School at Rome, Georgia, this 
past spring and plans attending Union Seminary upon completion 
of his college work. 

Your committee has met with all of these prospective candidates — ^we 
have been impressed with their consecration and sense of call. They 
come before Presbytery highly recommended by their sessions and 
pastors and friends. 

We recommend that Miss Monroe be received as a candidate for lay 
service, and that Messrs. Andrews, Fleming, Kimbril, Lawing, Massey, 
Moore and Turner be received as candidates for the ministry upon 
approval by Presbytery of their examinations. 

Candidates Received — The Committee on Ministerial Edu- 
cation presented the following young men and young lady 
seeking to be taken under the care of Presbytery as Candi- 
dates for the Gospel Ministry and Candidate for Lay Chris- 



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tian Worker: Messrs. Andrews, Fleming, Kimbril, Lawing, 
Massey, Moore, Turner, and Miss Florence Monroe for lay 
service. 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee Presbytery 
proceeded to their examination in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the Book of Church Order. The examination was 
approved as satisfactory and they were received under the 
care of Presbytery as Candidates. The Rev. Robert Turner 
gave a brief charge and Rev. Frank Wilkinson led in a prayer 
of dedication. 

Other Commissions — The following Commissions appointed 
by Presbytery to ordain and install pastors made reports 
which were admitted to the record. 

1. To ordain and install Mr. Edward A. McLeod. 

The Commission appointed to ordain and install Edward A. McLeod 
met at the Morven Presbyterian Church Sunday, July 24th at 3 P.M. 
The commission was constituted with prayer and the following were 
present: Dr. W. M. Walsh, chairman; Dr. R. H. Stone; R. G. Laurens; 
W. N. Clark, Jr.; and Elder Rufus A. Grier. W. N. Clark, Jr. was 
elected clerk. The commission met with the congregation in a service of 
worship, with the chairman presiding. The following parts were taken: 
The sermon was delivered by Dr. W. M. Walsh entitled, "The Compul- 
sions of Jesus." The constitutional questions were propounded by Dr. 
Walsh. Following this was the laying on of hands by the commission and 
all of the elders present. Dr. Stone led the ordination prayer. Dr. 
Walsh declared that Edward A. McLeod was duly called, ordained, and 
installed as the pastor of the Morven Presbyterian Church. Elder 
Rufus Grier gave the charge to the pastor. Rev. Laurens gave the 
charge to the congregation. Rev. Clark had the closing prayer. After 
the singing of a hymn the benediction was pronounced by Rev. McLeod. 

The commission was in recess until 8 P.M. in the evening at the 
Camden Presbyterian Church at which time the sermon was preached 
by W. N. Clark entiled "The Meaning of Service for the Christian." 
Dr. Walsh propounded the constitutional questions. The installation 
prayer was led by Rev. Laurens. Elder Grier charged the pastor. Dr. 
Stone gave the charge to the congregation. Rev. Edward A. McLeod 
was declared duly called and installed as the pastor of the Camden 
Presbyterian Church. After the singing of a hymn, Rev. Ed McLeod 
pronounced the benediction. The Commission read and approved the 
minutes and was adjourned with prayer. 

W. N. Clark, Jr., Clerk 

2. To ordain and install Mr. G. Eliot Dixon. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to ordain 
and install Rev. G. Eliot Dixon as Pastor of W. H. Belk Presbyterian 
Church met in the Pastor's study at 7 P.M., Sunday, July 24, 1955. 

The Commission was called to order and opened with prayer by 
the Chairman, Rev. Dana Waters. Rev. W. B. McSwain was elected 
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Rev. Ted Smith, Rev. W. B. Mc Swain, and elder, P. S. Snipes. Rev. 
W. R. Ratchford of Kings Mountain Presbytery was invited to sit 
with the Commission. Parts assigned by Presbytery as follows: Rev. 
Dana Waters to preside and propound the constitutional questions, Rev. 
W. R. Ratchford of Kings Mountain Presbytery to preach the sermon, 
Rev. W. B. Mc Swain to charge the Pastor, Rev. Ted Smith to charge 
the congregation. After a brief explanation of the procedure of the 
service the Commission went to the Sanctuary for their worship service. 

Rev. Dana Waters presided over the service, the invocation was led 
by Elder, P. S. Snipes. Rev. W. R. Ratchford brought an inspiring 
message on the subject: "Grow Up," using Col. 3:8-17 as the basis 
of his message. After the sermon followed the impressive ordination 
service by the laying on of hands by the members of the Commission. 
Questions being answered by the Candidate, G. Eliot Dixon and the 
Congregation in the affirmative, Mr. Dixon was declared ordained and 
installed Pastor of the Church. Then followed a charge to the Pastor 
by Rev. W. B. McSwain. Rev. Ted Smith gave a charge to the congre- 
gation. The Benediction was pronounced by the Pastor, Rev. G. Eliot 
Dixon. 

At the conclusion of the service in the Sanctuary, the Commissioned 
retired to the Pastor's study. Minutes were read and approved. Com- 
mission dismissed with prayer by Rev. Dana Waters. 

Signed 

W. B. McSwain, Clerk 

3. To install Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

The Commission appointed by the Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
the Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr., as pastor of the St. Paul Presbyterian 
Church, of Charlotte, met in the pastor's study at 7:45, July 24, 1955. 
The entire Commission was present: Rev. Fred C. Holder, Moderator, 
Dr. C. G. Sellars, and Rev. Russell M. Kerr. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. Boyce. Mr. Kerr was 
elected Clerk. The parts of the installation having been assigned by 
the Presbytery, the Commission took recess to the sanctuary for the 
worship service and installation. The Rev. Fred C. Holder presided. 
Rev. Russell M. Kerr preached the sermon on the theme, "We believe 
in the Church." The constitutional questions and declaration of installa- 
tion were given by Mr. Holder. Dr. W. M. Boyce charged the pastor. 
Mr. Philip F. Howerton charged the congregation. The service was 
concluded with the benediction by the Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

Following the service, the Commission met. Minutes were read 
and approved, and the meeting was adjourned with prayer by Mr. 
Howerton. 

(Signed) 

Fred C. Holder, Moderator 

(Signed) 

Russell M. Kerr, Clerk 

4. To install Rev. Stuart A. Ritchie. 

The commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install the 
Reverend Stuart A. Ritchie as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church 
of Troy, North Carolina met in the pastor's study at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 
on August 28, 1955. 



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Reverened George Fletcher of the Ellerbe Presbyterian Church pre- 
sided. Present were the members of the commission as appointed by 
Presbytery; ruling elder Horace McCall, Jr., Revs. George Fletcher, 
A. Leslie Thompson, and S. W. Yandle. After the prayer by Reverend 
S. W. Yandle, the commission elected Reverend Fletcher moderator 
of the commission and elder Horace McCall, Jr. as clerk of the com- 
mission. The parts of the installation were assigned. The commission 
took recess to the sanctuary of the Troy Presbyterian Church for the 
worship service and for the actual installation. During that service, 
Reverend George Fletcher presided. Reverend A. Leslie Thompson led 
in prayer. The scripture and sermon were delivered by Reverend S. W. 
Yandle on the theme of the christians positions in the world. The 
constitutional questions and declaration of installation were given by 
Reverend Fletcher. Elder Horace McCall, Jr. charged the congregation 
and the charge to the minister was given by Reverend A. Leslie Thomp- 
son. Reverend Ritchie concluded the service with the benediction. 

Following the service, the commission met and approved the 
minutes of the commission. The transactions of the commission were 
concluded with prayei* by Reverend George Fletcher. 

Horace McCall, Jr., Clerk 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The Council reported 
through its Chairman, Rev. W. M. Boyce. The report sub- 
mitted was read and was adopted: 

The Council met in Selwyn Avenue Church on September 
16 at 3 P.M. Dr. Legette Blythe, nominee for moderator, was 
welcomed as a visitor. 

The docket for Presbytery was endorsed. The committee 
on Christian Education was given ten minutes following the 
first order after lunch. 

The following budget for Presbytery's office is presented: 

Executive Secretary Salary $ 4,400.00 

Manse Allowance 1,200.00 

Car Allowance 1,000.00 

Minister's Annuity 330.00 

Office of Secretary 2,700.00 

Social Security 60.00 

Office Expense 1,500.00 

Office Equipment 300.00 

Total $11,490.00 

At the July meeting of our Presbytery the Assembly and 
Synodical askings of $475,066.00 (Assembly $300,040; Synod 
$175,026) were accepted. Our Presbyterial budget is $98,- 
000.00 (Church Extension $90,000; Christian Education 



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$8,000). This total budget of $573,066.00 is apportioned to 
the churches according to the formula and is as follows : 



APPORTIONMENTS TO THE CHURCHES FOR 1956 



Albemarle First 7431 

Albemarle Second 3191 

Alton 822 

Amay James 631 

Amity 3152 

Avondale 6685 

Badin 2884 

Banks 746 

Benton Heights 2350 

Bethany 248 

Bethel 1968 

Bethlehem 1567 

Beulah 516 

Biscoe 2292 

Caldwell Memorial 21528 

Camden 1051 

Cameronian 1223 

Camp Greene 3305 

Candor 1318 

Central Steele Creek 3036 

Charlotte First 43343 

Clanton Memorial 2331 

Commonwealth 7068 

Cooks Memorial 6628 

Cornelius 973 

Covenant 62771 

Eastminster 1719 

East Monroe 688 

Ellerbe First 2064 

Hamlet First 6017 

Hawley Memorial 114 

Hopewell 5826 

Huntersville 6476 

Indian Hill 420 

Indian Trail 1490 

Locust 1528 

Macedonia 1356 

Mallard Creek 4947 

Marks Creek 1833 

Marshville 1795 

Marston 650 

Matthews 2349 

McGee 2044 

McLean 726 

McQuay 1547 

Monroe First 10220 

Morgan Memorial 153 

Morris Field 802 



Morven 974 

Mt. Carmel 803 

Mt. Gilead 1968 

Mulberry 7833 

Myers Park 102750 

Nevin 3342 

New Salem 439 

Newell 1910 

Norman 592 

North Charlotte 2809 

Norwood 2101 

Oakboro 440 

Pageland 1433 

Park Ave 763 

Paw Creek 7011 

Pee Dee 536 

Philadelphia 7221 

Pineville 2140 

Plaza 12894 

Pleasant Hill 1758 

Providence 3687 

Ramah 1872 

Rehoboth 267 

Ridgecrest 822 

Robinson 2216 

Rockingham First 5731 

Rourk 1223 

St. Andrews 3248 

St. Paul 4853 

Salem 535 

Sardis 7698 

Seigle Ave 3476 

Selwyn Ave 9646 

Sharon 6017 

Siler 879 

Six Mile Creek 325 

Smallwood 1356 

South Park 2177 

Steele Creek 19235 

Star 229 

Stephenson 344 

Sugaw Creek 13868 

Sunset Hills 3324 

Tenth Ave 7985 

Thomasboro 8654 

Trinity 15453 

Troy 2121 

Turner 802 



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Unionville 191 Westminster 7049 

Wadesboro 3056 Westover Hills 6398 

Walkerville 1434 Williams Memorial 5750 

Watson Heights 955 Wilmore 6093 

Waxhaw 1453 W. H. Belk 937 

West Ave 8176 

These are the percentages for 1956 

Assembly Causes: 

World Missions 151338 26.4 

Church Extension 64204 11.2 

Christian Education 24650 4.3 

Annuities & Relief 20064 3.5 

General Fund 38981 6.8 

Inter Church Agencies 1146 .2 

Total 300383 52.4 

Synod Causes: 

Church Extension 18344 3.2 

Presbyterian Home — Regular 8025 1.4 

Presbyterian Home — Special 2866 .5 

Presbyterian Orphan's Home — Regular 18917 3.3 

Presbyterian Orphan's Home — Special 24650 4.3 

Christian Education 12038 2.1 

Educational Institutions 81975 14.3 

Campus Christian Life 7452 1.3 

N. C. Council of Churches 573 .1 

Total 174840 30.5 

Presbytery Causes: 

Church Extension 90000 15.7 

Christian Education 8025 1.4 

Total 98025 17.1 

The items "Presbyterian Home — Special" and "Presbyterian Orphan's 
Home — Special" are expected to be taken care of by special offerings. 
Any special offerings taken and sent into the Presbytery's office for 
these items can be applied as a credit on the church's apportionment to 

the extent but not in excess of the percentages shown for these items 
in this budget. 



The quotas to local churches were obtained by the formula used 
last year, viz. — one third (1/3) apportioned on the basis of membership; 
one third (1/3) on contributions to Assembly, Synod and Presbytery 
causes for the last three years; and one third (1/3) for total contribu- 
tions, less building expenses for the last three years. 

The Council has been investigating the possibility of a full time 
Chaplain at Presbyterian Hospital. A definite proposal will come before 
Presbytery in the near future. This effort has the hearty support of 
Dr. C. M. Boyd, our present hospital visitor. 



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Your Council has made plans to carry out the suggested Every 
Church Canvass as outlined by our General Council and adopted by 
General Assembly and our Presbytery. This plan calls for visitation 
with the combined officers of each congregation. The objective is to 
deepen our congregational interest in the benevolent causes of our 
church and to encourage the payment of the benevolent budget monthly 
so that the several causes may have operational accounts without borrow- 
ing. The Council requests the support of each church in this important 
endeavor. 

We call your attention to the fact that Presbytery's office and Camp 
Stewart — as well as our per capita askings of Assembly and Synod 
are paid out of our Presbyterial askings of $1 per member per year. 
While not a part of our benevolent budget these are gifts for the 
on-going of our work, on the levels of Assembly, Synod and Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 
W. M. Boyce, Chairman 

Rev. Sam Inman was asked to make a statement for the 
Stewardship Committee regarding the projected plan for the 
Every Church Canvass. A motion was made instructing 
the Office of Presbytery to break down the apportionment 
for each church three ways, membership, contributions for 
the past three years, and for total contributions less building 
funds. 

Rev. David E. Wilkinson presented Mr. John Kimbril, 
President of Presbyterian Youth Fellowship of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery who made an oral report on youth activities. A 
Convention for Youth in North Carolina was announced as 
set for December 27th at Davidson College. A Training School 
for Leaders and Commission Chairmen is being planned for 
February 4th and 5th. 

Announcement was made of the publication of the his- 
torical drama ''Voice in the Wilderness'' written by Dr. 
LeGette Blythe and presented in Southern States Fair 
Grounds June 21st, 22nd, 23, 1955. 

Presbytery took recess for Lunch at 12 :30 P.M. being led 
in prayer by Rev. C. G. McClure. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened after Lunch at 1:30 P.M. and was 
constituted by prayer led by Rev. Stewart Yandle. 

Moderator-In-Nomination Named — Rev. Sam Zealy was 
elected as Moderator in Nomination for the next stated 
meeting of Presbytery. 



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Homes — The Committee on Homes made a report consist- 
ing of interesting information on the progress of each. The 
report was received as information and the recommendations 
adopted as follows: 

1. That the management of the Homes be commended 
for their fine service. 

2. That they be commended to the Churches of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery for their continued support by prayer and 
contributions, especially at times for special emphasis; viz. 
the Thanksgiving offering for the Presbyterian Home for 
Orphans, and Mother's Day for the Presbyterian Home, Inc. 

Committee on Nominations — The Rev. G. Dana Waters in 
the absence of the Chairman, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, made 
the report for the Committee. Appointments to Committees 
were read and approved. The following recommendation pre- 
sented by the Committee was read and adopted: 

We recommend that Presbytery's Manual be 
changed so that the Committee on Nominations 
make its annual report at the Summer meeting of 
Presbytery in order to bring our work in line 
with Synod's year which closes July 31st. 

Report of Committee on Nominations — It was the desire 
of your Committee to distribute the offices of Presbytery to 
an even wider group of ministers, Elders and Churches of 
Presbytery. We herewith submit our report: 

1. OflScers of Presbytery 

Rev. F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk (1958) 

2. Trustees: 

1. Davidson— Class of 1959— Rev. Jas. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. 
Stewart, Charlotte. 

2. Presbytery: Class of 1958 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman. 

3. Commissions 

The Minister and His Work— Class of 1958 — Chairman, Rev. 
Henry B. Robinson, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. Charles A. Hunter. 

4. Committees 

1. Assembly's Work 

Sub-Committee on World Missions — Class of 1958 — Rev. F. C. 
Pratt. 

Sub-Committee on Annuities and Relief — Class of 1958 — Rev. 
W. M. Boyce. 

Sub-Committee on Woman's Work — Class of 1958 — Rev. G. A. 
Fletcher, Rev. S. M. Hutchison, chairman. 



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Sub-Committee on Assembly's Special Causes — Class of 1958 — 
Mr. T. M. Barnhardt. 

2. Church Extension: 

Sub-Committee on Christian Relations — Class of 1958 — Rev. 

C. H. Rowan, Mr. LeGette Blythe, Chairman. 
Sub-Committee on Evangelism — Class of 1958 — Rev. H. M. 

Jefferson, Mr. T. M. Glasgow; Class of 1956, Rev. J. L. 

Doom, Rev. S. H. Zealy, chairman. 
Sub-Committee on Radio — Class of 1958 — Rev. M. B. Dudley, 

Mr. Paul B. Marion, Chairman. 
Sub-Committee on Home Missions — Class of 1958 — Rev. E. L. 

Stoffel, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. Beaumert Whitton. 

3. Education : 

Sub-Committee on Educational Institutions — Class of 1958 — 

Rev. W. G. Workman, Rev. R. V. Mason. 
Sub-Committee on Campus Christian Life — Class of 1958 — 

Rev. L. I. Stell. 

4. Presbytery's Council: 

Class of 1958— Rev. C. G. McClure, Rev. R. A. Young, Mr. 
C. G. Sellers, Rev. A. L. Thompson, Chairman. 

5. Ministerial Education: 

Class of 1958— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. W. H. Johnston, 
Mr. H. S. McCall, Jr. 

6. Homes: 

Class of 1958— Rev. W. F. Mitchell, Rev. M. R. Williamson, 

Mr. Plato Davenport. 
Class of 1956— Rev. C. D. Caldwell, Mr. J. B. Watt, chairman. 

7. Christian Education: 

Class of 1958— Rev. F. C. Holder, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Mr. 

H. D. Niven. 
Class of 1956— Rev. S. H. Zealy. 

A motion to permit Rev. W. M. Boyce and Rev. Sam In- 
man to serve on Presbytery's Council on into 1956 until the 
Every Church Canvass of 1955 was completed prevailed. 

The following were elected by Presbytery to the Commit- 
tee on Nominations, Class of 1958: Ruling Elder — C. W. 
Gilchrist ; Ministers— Rev. W. Ted Smith, Rev. Fred C. Debele. 

Committee on Installations — The report of the Committee 
was adopted as follows: 

We recommend the appointment of the following commissions: 
1. To install the Rev. C. G. Pepper, Jr. at the Matthews Church — 
Rev. R. H. Stone to preside and propound the constitutional question. 
Rev. Henry Robinson to charge the Pastor. Rev. Sam H. Zealy to preach 
the sermon. Rev. Roy Hoke to charge the Congregation. 



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Ruling Elders to serve on the Commission: Harry Neely of Forrest 
Hills, James B. Kuykendall of Covenant, and J. W. Russell of Matthews. 
The time for the installation is October 2nd, 7:30 P.M. 

2. To install Rev. 0. W. Perrell at Waxhaw. Rev. A. Leslie Thomp- 
son to preside and preach. Rev. Roy Whitley to charge the Minister 
and propound the constitutional questions. Rev. Wiley Hogue to charge 
the Congregation and propound the constitutional questions to the 
Congregation. 

Ruling Elders to serve on the Commissions: Carl McCain, Monroe 
First; Parks Wilson, Sugaw Creek. The time for the installation is 
September 25th, 7:30 P.M. 

The Committee set the quorum at 2 ministers and one Elder. 

Respectfully submitted, 
(signed) B. Frank Yandell 

Resolutions — The Committee on Resolutions reported 
through its Chairman, Rev. E. Lee Stoffel. The report was 
adopted by a rising vote of thanks and is as follows : 

We wish to express our appreciation for the hospitality of the 
Pastor, Session, and Congregation of the Sugaw Creek Church and for 
the delicious meal and for every convenience provided for our comfort. 

We would also congratulate the Congregation and extend to them 
our best wishes on their bi-centennial celebration as well as their con- 
tinued progress observed in the splendid additions to their church plant. 

We would also express our appreciation to Miss Margaret Hood, 
Church secretary for her services. 

Finally, we would express our appreciation to our Moderator, Dr. 
LeGette Blythe, for the dispatch and courtesy with which he has 
conducted the affairs of this meeting. 

E. L. Stoffel 
W. M. Boyce 
H. G. Standi 
J. G. Auten 

Assembly's Minutes — The Committee on Assembly's Min- 
utes reported the matter of a time limit on their decision to 
participate in Federal Social Security, which date is April 
15, 1956. The report was received as information. 

The Committee on the Segregation Question was instruct- 
ed by Presbytery to report at the winter meeting of Pres- 
bytery. Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr., a member of the Committee 
was asked to serve as Chairman if the duly appointed Chair- 
man was absent or unable to attend. 

Announcement was made by the Stated Clerk of Presbytery 
about a book soon to be published on "The Office of the Clerk 
of Session" by Frank M. Beatty. 



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Christian Education — The Committee on Christian Educa- 
tion reported through Rev. Wylie Hogue that a Recreational 
Workshop is being sponsored for Church Lrcaders, April 30- 
May 4, 1956 at Na-Co-Mee, Tennessee. The report was received 
as information. 

Amendment to Book of Church Order — A proposed amend- 
ment to the Book of Church Order, Paragraph 80, relative to 
the representation of Churches of 1,000 or more in the Synod, 
v^as presented and adopted. 

At this time Presbytery heard a statement made by Rev. 
Wm. Mitchell relative to the Army Chaplaincy in the Reserve 
Army Corps. 

Rev. Warner L. Hall called Presbytery's attention to the 
unpaid pledges to the Negro Fund. An appeal v^as made to 
fulfill all pledges by December 31, 1955 in order to secure 
the $100,000 challenge fund, being offered by a philanthropic 
foundation. 

Rev. L. I. Stell reported on the "Forward with Christ" 
Committee and again commended the program to all Sessions. 

Place of Next Meeting — The place of the next meeting is 
Sharon Church, January 17, 1956. Presbytery adopted a 
motion that ordinarily it would accept an invitation at one 
meeting for the next meeting only. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The minutes were read and adopted as amended. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the host Pastor, 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson to meet January 17, 1956 at 9 A.M. 
Sharon Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

LeGette Blythe, Moderator 

Fred C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



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INDEX 



Page 

Adjournment 28, 46 

Afternoon Sessions 24, 42 

Amendments to the Book of 

Church Order 46 

Arrangements 14, 15, 33 

Calls to Churches 21, 28, 24, 35 

Candidates 

Examined for Licensure 24 

Examined and Received ...23, 36, 37 
Transferred 17 

Churches 

Dissolved 17 

Name Changed 16 

Relocated 27 

Salary Change 28 

Commissioners to General 

Assembly Report 28, 34 

Commissions Reporting 

Minister and His Work 17, 34, 35 

To Install Ministers 18, 19, 21, 38, 39 

To Ordain and Install 

Ministers 17, 19, 20, 37, 38 

Committees Appointed 

Standing Committees 



16, 34 



Committees Reporting 

Committee on Ministerial 

Education 21, 22, 23, 35, 36 

Committee on Nominations 43, 44 

Committee on 

Installations 26, 27, 44, 45 

Committee on Presbytery's 

Records 27 

Committee on Assembly's 

Minutes 45 

Committee on Resolutions 27, 45 

Committee on World Missions 26 

Committee on Christian 

Education 46 



Page 

Committee on Homes 43 

Presbytery's Council .26, 39, 40, 41, 42 
200th Anniversary Celebration . .24, 25 

Communications 16, 17, 34 

Communion Service 29 

Directory 3, 4, 5 

Docket 15, 16, 33. 34 

Docket Schedule 2 

History of Churches 13, 29, 30, 31 

Invitations Accepted 28 

Manual Changes 

Adopted 28 

Introduced 43 

Ministers 

Excused 16, 34 

Received 23, 35 

Transferred 17 

Called 21 

Minutes Adopted 28, 46 

Moderator 

Elected 14, 32 

Nominated 25, 42 

Next Meeting 28, 46 

Opening Exercises 13, 29 

Pastoral Relationship Dissolved 17 

Presbytery Meetings Back Page 

Recess 24, 42 

Roll Call 13, 14, 31, 32 

Roll of Churches 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 

Roll of Ministers 6 

Ruling Elders Introduced 14, 32 

Special Addresses 42 

Visiting Brethren 14, 32 



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211th Stated Meeting 

Sharon Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 17, 1956 



212th Stated Session 

Bethel Church, Cornelius, N. C. 

April 17, 1956 



Next Stated Session 

Pleasant Hill Church, Pineville, N. C. 

July 24, 1956 



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211th Stated Meeting 

Sharon Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 17, 1956 



212th Stated Session 

Bethel Church, Cornelius, N. C. 

April 17, 1956 



Next Stated Session 

Pleasant Hill Church, Pineville, N. C. 

July 24, 1956 



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DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 

(f) Christian Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 

(d) Nominations 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9 : 00 A. M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



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DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. S. H. Zealy, Moderator of Winter Meeting 
Rev. R. C. Long, Moderator of Summer Meeting 
Rev. M. R. Williamson, Stated Clerk (1958) 
Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1956) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1956) 



TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected for Four Years: 

1956— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 
1959— Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1956— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte 
1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 
1958 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Chairman 



COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. H. S. Robinson 

1956— Rev. L. I. Stell, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 
1957— Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. W. L. Hall, Mr. R. L. Puckett 
1958— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. C. A. Hunter 



COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Sub Committee on World Missions 

1956— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

1957— Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 

1958— Rev. F. C. Pratt 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief 

1956 — Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 

1957— Mr. Geogrey Sutcliffe 

1958— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work 

1956— Mr. J. W. Russell 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 

1958— Rev. G. A. Fletcher 

Sub Committee on Assembly's Special Causes 

1956 — Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman 

1957 — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

1958— Mr. T. M. Barnhardt 



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Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. H. D. Hayward 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward 

1957 — Mr. Legette Blythe, Chairman 

1958— Rev. C. H. Rowan 

Sub Committee on Evangelism 

1956— Rev. J. L. Doom 

1957 — Rev. S. H. Zealy, Chairman, Mr. McAlister Carson 

1958— Rev. H. M. Jefferson, Mr. T. M. Glasgow 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1956 — Mr. Paul B. Marion, Chairman 

1957— Rev. T. W. MacLean 

1958— Rev. M. B. Dudley 

Sub Committee on Home Missions 

1956— Rev. I. H. Chadwick; Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Chairman; 

Mrs. C. W. Tillett 
1957— Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. R. F. Whitley 
1958— Rev. E. L. Stoffel, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. Beaumert Whitton 



Education: 

Chairman — Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions 

1956— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman; Mr. W. H. Barnhardt 

1958— Rev. W. G. Workman, Mr. R. V. Mason 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life 

1956 — Rev. S. M. Inman, Chairman 

1957 — Mr. Frank Orr 

1958— Rev. L. I. Stell 



Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Ex-Officio— The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1956— Rev. H. D. Hayward, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. R. Z. Thomas 

1957 — Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 

1958— Rev. C. G. McClure, Rev. R. A. Young, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. S. M. Inman 

1956— Rev. S. M. Inman, Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., Mr. H. C. Williams 

1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. H. C. Alexander 

1958— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. W. H. Johnson, Mr. S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Homes: 

Chairman— Mr. J. B. Watt 

1956— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Mr. J. David Flowers, Rev. C. D. Caldwell 
1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. C. A. White, Mr. J. B. Watt 
1958— Rev. W. F. Mitchell, Rev. M. R. Williamson, 
Mr. Plato Davenport 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Nominations: 

Chairman — Rev. C. E. S. Klraemer 

1956— Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, Rev. Watt M. Cooper, Mr. J. B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 
1958— Rev. W. T. Smith, Rev. M. R. Williamson, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 

Christian Education: 

Chairman — Rev. J. R. Crook 

1956— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Mr. J. N. Stribling, Rev. S. H. Zealy 
1957— Rev. J. R. Crook, Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. T. P. Graham 
Ex-Officio— Pres. of S. S. S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 

Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nesbit 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. George Stovall 
Pres. Youth Fellowship — Mr. John Kimbril 
1958— Rev. F. C. Holder, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Mr. H. D. Niven 



MINUTES OF THE MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 





ROLL OF MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


54. 


Roy E.Hoke, Ph.D. 


2. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


55. 


D. E. Wilkinson 


3. 


M. E. Peabody 


56. 


E. B. Cooper 


4. 


W. H. Johnston 


57. 


Ira H. Rawles 


5. 


J. C. McGehee 


58. 


Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 


6. 


B. Frank Yandell 


59. 


J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 


7. 


W. C. Copeland 


60. 


M. G. Lyerly 


8. 


J. C. Grier 


61. 


R. W. Rayburn 


9. 


T. R. Alexander 


62. 


W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


10. 


A. T. Taylor 


63. 


Hugh Pollard 


11. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


64. 


W. M. Boyce, D.D. 


12. 


H. C. Carmichael 


65. 


Russell M. Kerr 


13. 


W. B. Neill 


66. 


C. H. McLean 


14. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


67. 


J. B. Reaves 


15. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


68. 


Stewart W. Yandle 


16. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


69. 


J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


17. 


A. L. Roberts 


70. 


B. F. Ferguson 


18. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


71. 


James R. Crook 


19. 


W. T. Smith 


72. 


Sheldon A. Koesy 


20. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


73. 


J. S. Garner 


21. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


74. 


S. Wylie Hogue 


22. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


75. 


W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 


23. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


76. 


C. McD. Coffey 


24. 


Chas. G. McClure, D.D. 


77. 


I. Howard Chadwick 


25. 


Sam M. Inman 


78. 


W. S. Boyce 


26. 


J. 0. Man, D.D. 


79. 


Robert Turner 


27. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


80. 


Andrew A. Allen 


28. 


Jonas Barclay 


81. 


D wight L. Barker 


29. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


82. 


Richard V. Colen 


30. 


F. S. Johnston 


83. 


W. F. Mitchell 


31. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


84. 


W. T. Taylor 


32. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


85. 


Fred C. Holder 


33. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


86. 


C. D. Caldwell 


34. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


87. 


Hugh M. Jefferson 


35. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


88. 


M. R. Williamson 


36. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


89. 


E. L. Stoffel, Th.D. 


37. 


T. W. MacLean 


90. 


J. L. Doom 


38. 


Homer A. Spencer 


91. 


T. Duke Williams 


39. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


92. 


W. E. Lytch 


40. 


Henry S. Robinson 


93. 


Leighton S. Ford 


41. 


S. M. Hutchison 


94. 


J. S. McClure 


42. 


C. H. Rowan 


95. 


W. N. Clark 


43. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


96. 


W. D. Lively 


44. 


D. S. Chalabie 


97. 


S. A. Ritchie 


45. 


H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


98. 


G. E. Dixon 


46. 


Carl S. Miller 


99. 


E. A. McLeod 


47. 


Ben F. Moore 


100. 


C. G. Pepper 


48. 


Watt M. Cooper 


101. 


0. W. Perrell 


49. 


H. V. Carson, D.D. 


102. 


J. E. Fogartie, D.D. 


50. 
51. 


Harold D. Hayward, Ph.D. 
W. J. Huneycutt 


103. 


C. S. Albright 


52. 


Samuel H. Zealy 


104. 


John R. Crawford 


53. 


W. B. McSwain 


105. 


M. S. Bell 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Albemarle First H. P. Morrow J. T. Boysworth 

125 S. 5th St. Rt. 2 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. C. 0. Josey 

Albemarle, N. C. Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. A. Lowery Odus Doster 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James ....Edgar Goodwin Mrs. Sarah Reid 

504 E. Boundry Rt. 4, Box 332 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity— J. C. Kuck Bill Sigmon 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 4804 Doris Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale L. H. Meacham W. R. Caudle 

2804 Avondale Ave. 4316 Park Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marbry S. E. Beck 

Badin, N. C. Badin, N. C. 

Banks Sam Kell, Jr. F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 

Box 206, Waxhaw, N. C.Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Belk P. S. Snipes Glenn A. Roberts 

1011 Choyce Ave. 1309 Choyce Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Benton Heights Jack Morrison Neal Tucker 

601 Hough St. 1108 Cherry St. 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. Monroe, N. C. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 H. B. Knox 

Huntersville, N. C. Davidson, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price Buford A. Price 

Rt. 7, Box 322, Rt. 7, Box 322 

Monroe, N. C. Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb R. L. Long 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole C. R. Lawrance 

Biscoe, N. C. Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason R. H. Crockford 

811 E. Morehead 1301 Aylesford Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Camden. D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildreth 

Rt. 3 Rt. 3 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Cameronian B. Lee McNeely 

Rt. 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. 0. Hawfield 

2418 Remount Road 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. 

Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek. - R. R. Grier 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First T. P. Graham 

815 Lamar Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton 

Rt. 3 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Commonwealth W. E. Arnett 

4831 Elder Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Cooks Memorial John T. McClure 

Rt. 6, Box 415-C 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Cornelius R. W. Goodrum 

Box 41 

Cornelius, N. C. 
Covenant T. M. Barnhardt, Jr. 

Box 2176 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Eastminster C. E. Reneau 

2217 Bay St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
East Monroe Grady Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae 

Ellerbe, N. C. 
Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan 

1533 N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld 

406 Entwistle St. 

Hamlet, N. C. 
Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C. 
Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 
Hollis Gillis 

106 Asington 
Rockingham, N. C. 
James Major 
4718 Longwood Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
K. A. McLeod 
Candor, N. C. 

C. F. Blackwelder 
Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
W. N. Ward 

202 W. Trade St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
L. 0. Stikeleather 
4109 York Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 
H. B. Carter 
1431 Cyrus Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

D. A. McClure 
Rt. 6, Box 797-J 
Charlotte, N. C. 
J. E. Baxter 
Cornelius, N. C. 

W. A. Montgomery 
1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. 
W. A. Sholin 
3315 Washburn Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Gene Williams 
Route 1 
Wingate, N. C. 
R. W. Carriker 
Ellerbe, N. C. 

E. L. Nance 
Rt. 3, Box 438 
Charlotte, N. C. 

D. K. McNair 

701 Rollins Ave. 

Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 

Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Huntersville .E. F. Kumm 

Box 115 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell 

Locust, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham 

Rt. 7, Box 612 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. 0. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville .: F. C. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Marston A. W. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. O. Alexander 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 

McGee R. H. Beatty 

207 N. Cloudman St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. B. Howard 

622 Tillman Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W, H. Morrison 

Wadesboro Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Morven W. E. Steagall 

Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Carmel M. Lee Mclnnis 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe. N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. Mike Dwyer 
Huntersville. N. 



C. 



J. W. Morgan 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 



M. E. Smith 
Locust, N. C. 

Daniel J. McCaskill 
Rt. 1., Candor, N. C. 

K. L. Christenbury 
Rt. 1 
Harrisburg, N. C. 

H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1. Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. R. S. Hargett 
Marshville, N. C. 

W. D. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Eugene Yandell 
Matthews, N. C. 

Leroy Lakey 
Rt. 6, Box 797-R 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. McCaskill, Jr. 
Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

J. L. Neely 
1218 Bigham St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

G. W. Davis 
1114 Bragg St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Sybil Huneycutt 
Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

V. L. Wall, Jr. 
Morven, N. C. 

J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Mulberry F. L. Marshall 

624 S. Summit Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Nevin Ralph Button 

C.M.R. 544, Box 830 
Charlotte, N. C. 

New Salem O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 

Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 

North Charlotte Joe W. Hardison 

1732 Academy St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. O. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue R. Lamar Smith 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead. N. C. 
Philadelphia .E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews. N. C. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza J. D. McCluer 

422 Richmond Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 3, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence James A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah J. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. T. Springs 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 
C.M.R. 544, Box 660 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Hayden Roberts 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

John Gallimore 
Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 
912 Anderson St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Ussery 

Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Alger Douglas 

Pageland, S. C 

C. W. Johnson 

Rt.2 

Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Mrs. C. W. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. M. Lonon 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Robt. C. Hair 

Pineville, N. C. 

J. M. Dew 

1210 Aylesford Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

N. C. Grier 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C 

C. D. Bradford 

Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 
Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Rourk H. P. Shaw 

Route 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
St. Andrews J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2121 Rozzelle Fer. Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
St. Paul M. G. Yarbrough 

3126 Airlie St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Salem Leonard Tice 

Rt. 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Sardis C. R. Hutchison 

Box 1302 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Seigle Avenue Ray L. Gardner 

1728 Berryhill Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Selwyn Avenue Edwin L. Dean 

211 Brandywine Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 2, Box 942 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Siler _ . ...I. W. Keels 

Rt. 6, Monroe, N. C. 
Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 
Smallwood R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
South Park George Midgett 

3614 Eastway Drive 

Charlotte. N. C. 
South Tryon Street Curtis Parker 

2420 S. Tryon St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Steele Creek Mack P. Brown 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Dulin 

4222 Hickory Grove Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. W. Henderson 

Box 358 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 

Cordova, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 
1913 Greene Blvd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Joe Kiker 
Pageland, S. C. 
C. B. Baird 
C.M.R., Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
James H. Knight 
2601 Plaza 
Charlotte, N. C. 
C. E. Elrod 
2921 Westfield Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
W. T. Stanford 
Rt.2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

W. M. Ratteree 

114 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Homer Rothrock 

400 Hartford Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Marshall Caldwell 

605 E. 6th St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Robert O. Byrum 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Barna Allen 

Box 83 

Star, N. C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek W. Parks Wilson 

Rt.ll 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 

Tenth Avenue J. Clarence Brumley 

2229 E. 5th Street 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity 



Harold K. Couch 

Rt.2 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner D. E. Glenn 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 
Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro p. p. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 
Walkers ville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 
Watson Heights Marvin McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
Waxhaw t. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 

Waxhaw, N. C. 
West Avenue S. M. Cathey 

112 N. Sycamore St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Westminster C. G. Sellers 

327 Sardis Rd. Circle 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills Alex M. Johnson 

2901 Mayflower Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial R. L. Puckett 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

James A. Barrus 
1326 Brook Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Hope 

619 Magnolia Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Z. T. Leonard 
1132 Roanoke Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

N. F. Williamson 
2114 Dilworth Rd., E. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

G. M. Moore 
Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Riggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 
Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

D. A. McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 
B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

Paul L. Cobb 
621 Walnut Ave. 
Charlotte. N. C. 
L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 
E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
E. L. McConnell 
Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 
H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

The Two Hundred Eleventh 

Stated Session of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Sharon Presbyterian Church 
Route #2, Charlotte, N. C. 
January 17, 1956 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its 211th Stated 
Session at the Sharon Presbyterian Church, Route #2, 
Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

After the opening worship Dr. Legette Blythe, Moderator, 
brought a message on 'The Gentleness of Jesus.'' 

The History of the Sharon Church — Dating from April 
1944 to the present date was read by Miss Maude Rea who 
was presented by the host pastor. Rev. E. B. Cooper. 

THE HISTORY OF SHARON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

The Rev. C. H. Little was pastor of Sharon Presbyterian Church at 
that time April 1944 and on December 1, 1946 he retired, on his 33rd 
anniversary. After these years of faithful service to this church, our 
community was blessed by his home in our midst, until his passing 
July 29 and laid to rest on July 31, 1954. One of our members said this 
of Mr. Little, "He was a friend of all and an enemy of no one." 

Rev. James B. MacLeod was called and came to Sharon April 1, 1947, 
and resigned July 9, 1950. We reluctantly granted Mr. MacLeod's re- 
quest. Someone said that Mr. MacLeod's service here was like a beautiful 
flower that opened in the morning and closed in the evening. 

The Congregation at once elected a committee to secure a Pastor. 
They found a native of New Jersey in Washington, Georgia, The Rev. 
Edward B. Cooper. We called him, and he accepted the call in April 
1951. He moved in the manse with his family, Mrs. Cooper and four 
children, and began his work May 1, 1951. Since that time our church 
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The membership in 1944 was 214, and the membership at this time 
1955 is 400. The church has 15 elders and 12 deacons. 

In the summer of 1947 the Sanctuary windows were replaced with the 
beautiful colored glass ones we now have. 

The new manse was built in 1948-49. 

Since the coming of Mr. Cooper, the Sanctuary has been renovated 
and the grounds have been beautified by careful planning of drives and 
walks, and planting of shrubbery (a project of the Sharon Garden Club). 

Beginning September 8, 1952, the basement was made ready for 
worship service while the work was being done. We moved into the 
newly renovated Sanctuary the first of January 1953. 

There has been much improvement in the basement for the fellow- 
ship of the congregation. 

Our Sunday School has outgrown the Educational Building, and the 
Intermediates and Young People's classes have been transferred to the 
Scout Hut to ease crowded conditions. 

The Sunday School enrollment as reported in 1944 was 150. This 
year 1955 it is 350. In April 1945 the attendance for the month was 
441, and in April 1955 is was 1,455. Seeing our great need for more 
room, a Steering Committee was elected by the Congregation to study 
plans and appoint other committees. A Congregational meeting was 
called for August 14, 1955 to hear the report of the Planning Committee 
which presented to us, the location and floor plans for the Educational 
Building and Fellowship Hall. This was approved and accepted. We 
are praying for the guidance of the Spirit of God with our efforts to 
raise the amount needed. "Except the Lord build the house they labor 
in vain that build it." 

In 1953 we started a Sunday School Library and have books for all 
departments of church work, including books for children and some 
Christian fiction. 

Many of our Young People have attended the Summer Conferences, 
and also have Vacation Bible School every year. 

A Christian Education Committee was organized in 1947. 

During the week of September 18-25, 1955 our first World Mission 
Conference was held as part of the work of the Forward With Christ 
Movement. As one result of this conference we were privileged to add 
part time support for Miss Louise Fleming, who went to the Congo. 
We give partial support to the Rev. Donald Williams in Brazil. 

The Rev. Charles Conrad Caldwell, a son of Sharon Church was 
licensed to preach April 14, 1953, and was ordained June 14, 1953. He 
was associate Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, 
South Carolina from June 5, 1953 to October 31, 1954. On November 
1, 1954 he became Pastor of Belton Church of Belton, South Carolina. 

William W. Davis, Jr. another son of Sharon is in training for the 
ministry. 

The organ was presented to our church in 1949 by Mrs. Charles S. 
Andrews and brothers T. Guion Griffith and Robert Griffith in memory 
of their parents Emily and Thomas Griffith. Mr. Griffith started this 



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memorial in honor of his wife but upon his death it was presented as 
a memorial to both parents by their children. In December 1953 Mr. 
George W. Elliott, Sr. and Mrs. Zoraida M. Elliott gave the tone cabinet 
and chimes for the organ in memory of their mothers, Mrs. M. K. Elliott, 
and Mrs. Cynthia C. Merritt. 

The motion was made to adopt the reading of the history 
of the Church and to enter it into the record. 

The Roll — The following were present or enrolled during 
the meeting. 

Ministers — J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, B. F. 
Yandell, J. C. Grier, A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, C. D. 
Whiteley, R. A. Young, C. M. Boyd, B. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, J. A. 
Jones, R. H. Stone, F. C. Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. 
Pratt, W. M. Walsh, F. H. Johnston, A. L. Thompson, R. F. Whitley, 
C. E. S. Kraemer, W. L. Hall, T. W. MacLean, J. A. Carriker, H. S. 
Schum, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, H. G. Bedinger, 

C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, W. M. Cooper, H. D. Heyward, W. J. Huney- 
cutt, S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, 
E. B. Cooper, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Raybum, W. M. Boyce, Jr., 
H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, Geo. A. 
Fletcher, S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., B. F. Ferguson, J. R. Crook, 
Sheldon A. Koesy, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, 
S. W. Hogue, C. McD. Coffey, I. H. Chadwick, W. S. Boyce, Robert 
Turner, D. L. Barker, R. V. Colin, W. F. Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, F. C. 
Holder, C. D. Caldwell, H. M. Jefferson, M. R. Williamson, E. L. Stoffel, 
J. L. Doom, T. Duke Williams, W. E. Lytch, J. S. McClure, W. N. Clark, 
Jr., W. D. Lively, S. A. Ritchie, G. E. Dixon, E. A. McLeod, 0. W. Perrell, 
J. A. Fogartie— 84. 

Ruling Elders — J. N. Auten, Albemarle First; Walter Crook, Altan; 
J. P. Sample, Amity; G. S. Aitken, Avondale; F. Leland Greenlee, Badin; 
John A. Kell, Banks; R. M. Hinson, W. M. Belk; O. V. Horton, Benton 
Heights; J. Wilson Alexander, Bethel; D. A. Monroe, Biscoe; R. B. 
Collins, Caldwell Memorial; D. E. Phillips, Camden; Sam Holder, Candor; 
J. Brown Grier, Central Steel Creek; D. M. Young, Jr., Charlotte First; 

D. F. Gilchrist, Clanton Memorial; Lewis D. Berryhill, Commonwealth; 
Richard F. Rozzelle, Cook's Memorial; Fred McConnell, Cornelius; A. M. 
Rea, John C. Bradley, Covenant; W. S. McRae, Ellerbe First; R. W. 
Blackwelder, Jr., Forest Hills; Vance Sykes, Hamlet First; Joe L. 
Puckett, Sr., Hopewell; W. LeGette Blythe, Huntersville; W. J. Lee, 
Indian Hill; J. W. Shaffer, Indian Trail; Joe Clontz, Locust; J. R. 
Maness, Macedonia; Vester McLaughlin, Mallard Creek; D. L. McDonald, 
Marks Creek; Fred L. Plyler, Marshville; A. M. Cathey, McGee; John R. 
Litaker, McQuay Memorial; H. Harvey Morrison, Monroe First; W. D. 
Lay, Jr., Morris Field; V. L. Wall, Morven; Lee Mclnnis, Mt. Carmel; 
C. C. McKinnon, Mt. Gilead; Henry C. Rhyne, Matthews; Charles M. 
Hassell, Fred McPhail, Myers Park; D. F. Warner, Norman; S. G. Mc- 
Lellan, North Charlotte; Carson Livingston, Norwood; Henry Howe, 
Pageland; Paul H. Many, Park Avenue; F. E. Michael, Paw Creek; 
J. V. Ussery, Pee Dee; J. W. Flowe, Philadelphia; Howard Snow, Plaza; 
J. A. Blakeney, Providence; C. G. Black, Ramah; Grover Furr, Ridge- 
crest; W. E. Hood, Robinson; Amon Currie, Rourk; J. W. Craig, Jr., St. 



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Andrews; R. O. Kelly, St. Paul; J. B. Bass, Jr., Sardis; Bruce 0. Leister, 
Selwyn Avenue; W. Frank Cooper, Sharon; Lloyd Price, Siler; J. R. 
Perry, Six Mile Creek; Robert L. Shields, Smallwood; H. C. Hovis, South 
Park; Mack P. Brown, Steele Creek; J. F. Allen, Star; Reece Hunter, 
Sugaw Creek; R. A. Butner, Sunset Hills; T. E. Gray, Tenth Avenue; 
H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; Otis M. Johnson, Trinity; George W. Mc- 
Manus, Turner; R. V. Liles, Wadesboro; J. K. Starnes, Walkersville; 
John Furr, Watson Heights; R. N. Walkup, Waxhaw; M. R. McConnell, 
West Avenue; John G. Kerr, Westminster; Alex M. Johnson, Westover 
Hills; R. L. Puckett, Williams Memorial; C. J. Richardson, Wilmore; 
Robert Jordan, South Tryon Street — 83. 

Rev. James E. Fogartie, Pastor-elect of Myers Park 
Church, was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting 
brother. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time 
were introduced. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected — The Rev. Sam H. Zealy, Moderator 
Nominee, was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The Committee 
on Arrangements made the following report which was 
adopted. 

The Committee on Arrangements would submit the following re- 
port: That the printed docket be adopted with the following exceptions: 

1. That Presbytery recess for lunch at 12:30 and reconvene at 2:00. 

2. That Mr. Joe McLaney, Chairman of Sub-Committee on World 
Missions be heard at 12:00. 

3. That immediately following this. Presbytery resolve itself into 
a Committee of the whole for the purpose of examining sessional records. 



4, That Presbytery adjourn at will. 



E. B. Cooper, Chairman 

F. C. Debele, Jr. 
W. LeGette Blythe 



THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Dr. LeGette Blythe — Retiring Moderator. 

2. Memorials. 

3. History of the Sharon Presbyterian Church — Rev. E. B. Cooper. 

4. Enrollment of Presbytery — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Breth- 

ren, Introduction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the 
first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. S. H. Zealy, Moderator-Nominee. 

6. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — Rev. E. B. Cooper. 



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7. Appointment of Standing Committees. (Two Ministers and two 

Elders.) 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Records of Presbytery. 

6. Sessional Records. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and His Work — Rev. H. S. Robinson. 

2. Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. G. Dana Waters. 

3. Committee on Education — Rev. L. I. Stell. 

4. Committee on Assembly's Work — Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

5. Committee on Christian Education — Rev. J. R. Crook. 

13. Report of Standing Committees. (See 7 above.) 

14. Report of Treasurers and Trustees. 

15. Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly. 

16. Election of Commissioners to the General Assembly. (Second order 

after lunch.) 

17. Unfinished Business. 

1. Manual Changes. 

2. Report of Special Committee on Segregation. 

18. New Business. 

19. Place of Next Meeting. (Bethel Presbyterian Church.) 

20. Nomination of Moderator. (First order after lunch.) 

21. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

22. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: LeGette Blythe, Chairman; Rev. Hugh 
Pollard, Rev. Fred Holder, Howard Snow. 

2. Installations: Rev. A. T. Taylor, Rev. B. F. Ferguson, H. P. 
Cathey, C. J. Richardson. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. C. H. Rowan, Rev. H. M. Jefferson, R. B. 
Collins, W. H. Morrison. 

4. Resolutions: Rev. C. D. Caldwell, Rev. W. E. Lytch, J. K. Starnes, 
A. M. Cathey. 



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5. Records of Presbytery: Rev. J. E. Wayland, Rev. C. G. Pepper, 
T. E. Gray and L. D. Berryhill. 

6. Sessional Records: Rev. W. B. McSwain, Rev. G. E. Dixon, R. A. 
Butner, Robert Jordan. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated. 

1. From the following ministers requesting to be excused for absence 
from this session of Presbytery: Rev, Leighton Ford, Rev. J. G. Kirck- 
hoff, Rev. R. F. Boyd, Rev. Ira H. Rawls, Rev. M. B. Dudley, Rev. Sam 
Glasgow. The requests were granted. 

2. From the following churches requesting permission to raise their 
pastors* salaries: Forest Hill, Sunset Hills, Mallard Creek, Plaza, W. H. 
Belk, Turner, E. Monroe, Westover Hills, Nevin, Newell, Badin, South 
Park, St. Paul, Watson Heights, Selwyn Ave., North Charlotte, Thomas- 
boro, Williams Memorial, Hopewell, Commonwealth, Stephenson, St. An- 
drews, Rockingham First, Amity, Philadelphia, Cook's Memorial, Mc- 
Quay Memorial, Sugaw Creek, and Westminster. The requests were 
granted. 

3. From the Clerk of the Session of Morris Field Church requesting 
to be dissolved as a church. The request was granted and an expression 
of regret be sent from the Moderator to the members on the occasion 
of the dissolution of the work. All matters relating to the final culmi- 
nation of the affairs of the church be referred to the Commission on the 
Minister and His Work. 

4. From the Sessions of the following churches reporting the death 
of Ruling Elders: Walter J. Kanoy, Biscoe; Joseph Henry Rhyne, Mul- 
berry; R. C. Cagle, Sr., Rockingham; George B. McClellan, Monroe First; 
James T. Griffith, Sr., Monroe First; Carl L. Hooks, Sardis; W. C. Davis, 
Siler; George Griffin, Altan; J. M. Rorie, Altan; Dr. James R. Alexander, 
Tenth Ave.; W. E. Junker, Philadelphia; H. J. Spencer, Covenant; H. 
Flynn Wolfe, Covenant; John Shepherd, Covenant; C. W. Biggers, 
Thomasboro; W. A. Lowrance, Wilmore; J. C. Richardson, Turner; I. H. 
Freeman, Steele Creek; Fred L. Gibbon, Sr., Sugaw Creek; J. Loyd 
Fesperman, Plaza; J. W. Lowry, Commonwealth; Ralph B. Knox, Bethel; 
Eugene Secrest and Ira P. Ranson, Westminster. This was received as 
information. 

5. From Pageland Presbyterian Church a request for approval for a 
loan of $3500 from the Synod of N. C. for renovation of the church 
building. The request was approved. 

6. From Flora McDonald calling attention to the fact that^ the 
young ladies from the College are available for service as Associates 
in Christian Education. This was received as information. 

7. From Harold J. Dudley, General Secretary of the Synod of N. C, 
relative to a change in the date of Synod from July 10-12 to July 17-19 
due to Summer School at Flora McDonald. This was received as in- 
formation. Presbytery then voted to change its date for the summer 
meeting from July 17th to July 24th. 



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Report of Commission on the Minister and His Work — 

The following report of the Commission on the Minister and 
His Work was read by Rev. Henry S. Robinson, Chairman, 
and was admitted to the record. 

Since the September meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery, your com- 
mission has held four meetings and has transacted the following 
business: 

1. Dismissed Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D., to the Presbytery of 
Atlanta. 

2. Dissolved the pastoral relationship between the Wadesboro Pres- 
byterian Church and the Rev. Richard G. Laurens. Granted 
a letter of transfer for Mr. Laurens to the Presbytery of Charles- 
ton, effective January 2, 1956. 

3. Approved the Rev. Claire Albright, of the Cumberland Presby- 
terian Church, for a call to the Marshville Church. This action 
was approved by the commission over the telephone. 

4. Approved the Rev. W. T. Taylor for a call to the South Tryon 
Street Church. 

5. Approved Mr. M. S. Bell, a Senior in Union Theological Sem- 
inary, for a call to the Seigle Avenue Church. 

6. Granted a request of the Rev. S. M. Hutchinson and the McGee 
Church for dissolution of the pastoral relationship. 

7. Granted a request of the Rev. G. Dana Waters and the West 
Avenue Church for dissolution of the pastoral relationship, 
effective January 10, 1956. Mr. Waters was dismissed to the 
Presbytery of Congaree. 

8. Approved the Rev. Joseph T. Echols, of the Presbytery of Merid- 
ian, for a call to the Bethlehem Church. 

9. Approved the Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Pastor of the Belk Larger 
Parish, for a call to the Wadesboro Church. This action was 
approved by the commission over the telephone. 

Henry S. Robinson, Chairman. 

A motion was made that the minimum salary for ministers 
in Mecklenburg Presbytery be $4,000.00 per annum for mar- 
ried men and $3,800 for unmarried men beginning January 
1, 1957 ; and that the administration of this motion be placed 
in the hands of the Commission On The Minister and His 
Work. 

Report of Other Commissions — The following Commissions 
appointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To install Claude G. Pepper, Jr. 



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The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
Rev. Claude G. Pepper, Jr., as Pastor of the Matthews Presbyterian 
Church, Matthews, North Carolina, met at the Matthews Church at 
7:15 P.M. on Sunday, October 2, 1955. All members of the Commission 
were present, ministers: Dr. R. H. Stone, Chairman, Dr. Roy E. Hoke, 
Rev. Henry S. Robinson and Rev. Samuel H. Zealy. Ruling Elders were: 
J. B. Kuykendall, H. L. Neely and J. W. Russell. 

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by J. B. 
Kuykendall. Rev. Henry S. Robinson was elected to serve as secretary 
of the Commission. 

The Commission went into the sanctuary for the installation service. 
Rev. Samuel H. Zealy preached the sermon on "Deity Waiting," Revela- 
tion 3:20. Dr. Stone propounded the constitutional questions to the 
pastor and congregation. The charge to the pastor was delivered by 
Rev. Henry S. Robinson and the charge to the congregation by Dr. Roy 
E. Hoke. Rev. Claude G. Pepper, Jr., was declared installed as Pastor 
of the Matthews Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission went into session again after the service. The min- 
utes were read and approved and the meeting was closed with prayer 
by Ruling Elder J. W. Russell. 

Henry S. Robinson, Secretary 

2. To install the Rev. 0. W. Perrell. 

The commission of Presbytery appointed to install the Rev. 0. W. 
Perrell as pastor of the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, Waxhaw, N. C, 
met in the church office at 7:20 P.M. Sunday night, September 25, 1955. 

All members of the commission were present, namely: Rev. A. Leslie 
Thompson, Dr. Roy F. Whitley, Rev. S. Wylie Hogue, Elder Carl Mc- 
Cain, and Elder W. Parks Wilson. 

After the prayer by Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, the commission elected 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson moderator of the commission and W. Parks 
Wilson as clerk of the commission. Each member was briefed as to 
his part in the service. The commission took recess to the sanctuary of 
the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church for the worship service and for the 
actual installation. During the service, which began at 7:30 P.M., Rev. 
A. Leslie Thompson presided, led in prayer, read the scripture and de- 
livered the sermon on the theme, ''Signs of our Time." Dr. Roy F. 
Whitley propounded the constitutional questions to the pastor which 
were answered in the affirmative, and then charged the pastor. Rev. S. 
Wylie Hogue propounded the constitutional questions to the congrega- 
tion which were answered in the affirmative, and then charged the con- 
gregation. Rev. Thompson made the declaration of installation and 
offered the installation prayer. Rev. 0. W. Perrell pronounced the 
benediction. 

At the close of the service the congregation came forward to greet 
the new pastor and his family. 

Following the service, the commission retired to the office of the 
church. The minutes of the meeting were read and approved. The trans- 
actions of the commission were concluded with prayer by Rev. S. Wylie 
Hogue. 

W. Parks Wilson, Clerk 



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3. To organize South Tryon Street Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to organize 
a Presbyterian Church on South Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Caro- 
lina, met at the Church on the afternoon of November 6, 1955. Those 
present were Mr. Rufus A. Grier, Elder of Steele Creek Church, Chair- 
man, Rev. J. Cecil Lawrence, D.D., of Myers Park Church, Rev. 1. 
Howard Chadwick of Westminster Church, Rev. Watt M. Cooper of 
Steele Creek Church, Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. of Williams Memorial 
Church, Elder Jones Y. Pharr of Charlotte First Church and Elder 
Charles M. Hassell of Myers Park Church. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. Lawrence. 

The Commission repaired to the Church Sanctuary where the follow- 
ing organizational service was held: 

Sermon by Mr. Chadwick 

Prayer by Dr. Lawrence 

Receptian of Members 
By Letter 

Mrs. Annie Davis from Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, Charlotte 

Mrs. Hattie Getter from Fairwood Baptist Church in South Caro- 
lina 

Mrs. Mildred Sullivan from East Stonewall AME Zion Church, 
Charlotte 

Mrs. Amy Lanier from St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte 

Mr. Cooper conducted the service of reception of members on Re- 
affirmation of Faith and the following were received: Darnell Ander- 
son, Olaf Abraham, Mrs. Helen Alston, Althonia Bingly, Bessie Belk, 
Mrs. Naomi Brown, Priscilla Brown, Willie J. Byers, Leroy Beauford, 
Johnny Lee Barnes, Mrs. Francis Barnes, Adell Brown, Willie Brown, 
Robert Cherry, David Cooper, Louis Cooper, Roy Cooper, Mrs. Edna 
Cooper, Geneva Davis, Mrs. Alice Dunlap, Miss Hattie Dargan, Mrs. 
Gurtha Douglass, Mrs. Estella Daniels, Harvey Daniels, Calvin Ervin, 
Sr., Mrs. Blanche Ervin, Loretta Ervin, Patricia Ervin, Delores Ervin, 
Dorothy Ervin, David Ervin, Beauford Ervin, Calvin Ervin, Jr., Mrs. 
Mattie Ford, Lionel Ford, Maxine Ford, Deanna Ford, Johnnye Furger- 
son, Bonnie Greene, Emanuel Green, Leroy Grier, Wardell Grier, Mrs. 
Eliza Griffith, Sarah Green, Alice Glenn, William Gill, Paul Harris, John 
Harris, Johnnie Harroll, Mrs. Juanita Harroll, Louis Hood, Artie Holtz- 
claw, Walter Holtzclaw, Lester Ingram, Robert Jordan, Mrs. Ruby 
Jordan, H. L. Love, Mrs. Cora Mills, Mrs. Willie Miller, Mrs. Ruby 
Morris, Billy McCullum, Martha McCrory, Mrs. Mary Mitchell, Jake 
Mitchell, Charlie McGee, Mrs. Mary McGee, Billy Miller, Claudette 
Mitchell, Nellie Miller, Elmer McNair, Joe Louis Montgomery, Samuel 
Moore, Ervin Nance, Walter Neely, Robert Neely, Curtis Parker, Sr., 
Mrs. Ann Parker, Mrs. Ida Peterson, Theodora Pendergrass, Mrs. Eva 
Reid, Emanuel Richardson, Joyce Reape, Lillian Sifford, James E. Sulli- 
van, Mrs. Eutha Sims, Cecil Taylor, Mrs. Margaret Taylor, Mrs. Mary 
Taylor, Mrs. Geraldine R. Taylor, Mrs. Hazeline Williams, David Wil- 
liams, Mrs. Allie Williams, Rosa Weathers, Mrs. Hattie Lee Young, 
Olivia Young, Jerry Young, Doris Young, Mrs. Lena Young, Thomas 
Young, Miss Zulee Montgomery, Mrs. Marjorie Crowe, Benjamin Crowe, 
Abraham Crowe, Vickie Young, Willie Douglass, Jerode Greene, Juanita 
Davis, William Caldwell, Pauline Caldwell, Marshall Lee Caldwell, 



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Vernon Crowe, Mrs. Corine Cunningham, Norma Leake, Margaret L. 
Harris, Mrs. Nancy Westbrook, Catherine Elliott, Mrs. Louise Dewalt, 
Mrs. Doretha Francisco and Mrs. Dinah Hardrick. 

Rev. W. T. Taylor conducted the service of reception of members on 
Profession of Faith when the following were received, and administered 
the sacrament of Baptism to those whose names are designated by a 
star: Alexander Adams*, Delores Clinton*, Donald Clinton*, Bobby 
Chilsom*, James Davis*, Bernard Davis*, Portia Dunlap*, Veola Dun- 
lap*, Willie Ray Davis*, Peggy Elder*, Coleman Elder*, Geraldine 
Ford*, Mrs. Margaret Grier*, Mrs. Fledora Grier*, Earnest Hardrick*, 
James Hardrick*, Ruby Hardrick*, James Howie*, Willie Howie, 
Jeanette Jones*, Jerome Jordan*, John T. Jordan*, Willie Jordan*, 
William Jordan*, Ruby Nell Jordan*, Robert Jordan, Jr.*, Lee W. 
Jordan*, Mary Ann King*, Maxine Lanier*, Vera Moore, Thomas 
Norman, Fate Sims*, Milton Lanier, Henry Lanier, Bettye Jean Petter- 
son, Leon Davis*, Curtis Parker, Jr.*, Glenn Parker*, Jack Richards*, 
Gale Hemphill*, Veronica Davis*, Ruby Grier*, Clyde Porter*, Hercules 
Washington*, Donald Cunningham*, Cynthia Cunningham*, Oliver W. 
Cunningham*, Carolyn Mcllwaine*. 

Dr. Lawrence conducted the service of Covenant Vows and Declara- 
tion. 

Chairman Grier conducted the service of selecting a name for the 
Church. On motion of Mrs. Geraldine Robinson Taylor the congregation 
selected the name of South Tryon Street Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. Pharr moderated the service of election of Elders and Deacons 
and the following were elected: Elders, Curtis Parker and Robert Jordan 
to serve in the class of 1956; Cecil Taylor and Leroy Beauford to serve 
in the class of 1957. Deacons: Charlie McGee, Marshall Lee Caldwell, 
Jake Mitchell and Calvin Ervin, all to serve in the class of 1957. 

The service of Ordination and Installation of Officers was conduted 
by Mr. Prince. 

The Charge to the Officers and Congregation was delivered by Mr. 
Hassell. 

Rev. W. T. Taylor was appointed Moderator of the Session. 

A motion was passed to provide that the roll for Charter membership 
of the Church be held open until January 1, 1956. 

The Benediction was pronounced by Dr. George of Johnson C. Smith 
University. 

After the Worship Service the Commission returned to the Church 
study and its meeting was closed with prayer by Mr. Pharr. 

Charles M. Hassell, Secretary 

Reception of Minister — The Rev. James E. Fogartie, 
Pastor-elect of Myers Park Church, seeking membership in 
Mecklenburg Presbytery presented a certificate of transfer 
from Washburn Presbytery. Presbytery proceeded to examine 
him according to the provisions of the Book of Church Order. 



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The examination as a whole was approved as satisfactory 
and Mr. Forgartie was enrolled upon his signing of the 
Covenant. 

A call from the Myers Park Church was placed in the 
hands of Mr. Fogartie and was accepted by him. A Com- 
mission was appointed to install him. (See Report of Com- 
mittee on Installations.) 

A call for the services of the Rev. W. T. Taylor, South 
Tryon Presbyterian Church was also placed in the hands of 
Mr. Taylor and was accepted by him. A Commission was also 
appointed to install him. 

A Candidate Transferred — A motion was made that Mr. 
John R. Crawford, a candidate under the care of Holston 
Presbytery, be received as a candidate under the care of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The Council reported 
through its Chairman, Rev. A. Leslie Thompson. The report 
with its recommendations was read and was adopted: 

The Council makes the following recommendations: 

1. That the docket be approved as printed with a special order on 
examining sessional records at 12:00 noon. 

2. That Presbytery's expense fund treas. report be approved. 

3. That the Presbytery's Office expense fund report be approved. 

4. That the Presbytery's Central treas. benevolent report be 
approved. 

5. That the salary of the executive secretary be raised $400.00 per 
year with appropriate changes in the minister's Annuity Fund. 
This will bring the salary up to $4,800.00. 

6. That the permanent clerk and the assistant clerk's salaries each 
be raised $10 per meeting. This brings their salaries up to $20.00 
per meeting. 

7. Rev. Samuel Inman to give a report on the Every Church Visita- 
tion last fall. 



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REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF PRESBYTERY'S 
EXPENSE FUND 

Balance on Hand January 1, 1955 $ 5,393.28 

Received from the Churches $28,012.44 

TOTAL RECEIPTS $33,405.72 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Presbytery's Office Expense $11,490.00 

Camp Stewart Expense , 6,000.00 

Stated Clerk Salary 600.00 

Stated Clerk Office Help 600.00 

General Assembly's Assessment 3,790.02 

Synod's Assessment 1,357.79 

Expense of Presbytery Meetings 400.00 

Permanent Clerk Salary 40.00 

Assistant Clerk Salary 40.00 

Lassiter Press, Printing 989.20 

Minister's Annuity Fund 45.00 

Foote and Davies, Statistical Reports 31.68 

Postage 124.14 

Travel Expense for Speakers 50.00 

Supplies 73.76 

Auditing 5.00 

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS $25,636.59 $25,636.59 

Balance in Bank January 1, 1956 $ 7,769.13 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE W. H. BELK FUND 

January 17, 1955 - January 7, 1956 
Cash Balance— January 17, 1955 $ 3,254.26 

RECEIPTS: 

Home Mission Committee (Loan) $ 5,000.00 

Mrs. Sarah B. Gambrell 600.00 

Mrs. W. H. Belk 425.00 

Belk Foundation 190.00 

Garriga Fruit Acct 5,900.00 

Loans repaid and interest 2,118.80 

$14,233.80 $14,233.80 



$17,488.06 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Catechism Awards 269.00 

Miss Daisy E. Walkup 600.00 

Mr. R. J. Belk 775.00 

Davidson College 5,000.00 

$ 6,644.00 $ 6,644.00 



BALANCE $10,844.06 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF PRESBYTERY'S OFFICE 

January 10, 1955 - January 5, 1956 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance Jan. 10, 1955 $ 554.11 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 11,490.00 

Presbytery's Com. on Relig. Ed. 

Salaries 3,245.00 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 328.08 

Insurance 144.32 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian Advertisers 52.00 

Film rentals (Steagall $68.55; Pilot 

Mtn. $52.90) 121.14 

Sale of materials 60.74 

For Presbyterian Survey 12.80 

The W. H. Belk Church 4.00 

Bank of Commerce 9,850.19 

Presbyterian Min. Asn. (Refund) 7.00 

$25,869.38 $25,869.38 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Executive Secretary: Salary $ 4,400.00 

Manse Allowance 1,200.00 

Travel Allowance 1,000.00 

M. A. F. Dues 330.00 

Office Secretaries 2,188.40 

Director of Internal Revenue 485.75 

Office Expense and Promotion 1,101.18 

Camp Stewart Salaries 3,142.10 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 408.08 

W. E. Price & Son — Insurance 144.32 

Board of World Missions 34.20 

General Council 30.00 

"Pilot Mountain" film 84.10 

Division of Evangelism 39.42 

Presbyterian Survey 12.80 

Bank Charges 3.00 

Sardis Presbyterian Church 9,850.19 

$24,453.54 $24,453.54 
BALANCE $ 1,415.84 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT TO THE HOME MISSION COMMITTEE 

January 15, 1955 - January 10, 1956 
Cash Balance, January 15, 1955 $ 24,277.11 

RECEIPTS: 

Benevolent Account 58,300.59 

From Myers Park Church 138.00 

From Myers Park Church — Stultz Fund 24,000.00 

Sale of lot 2,996.70 

Belk Brothers Co 2,250.00 

The R. A. Dunn Legacy 1,062.93 



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Mrs. Ruth B. Wolfe 500.00 

Martin Cannon Family Foundation 277.15 

Mrs. R. C. Anderson 1,000.00 

Belk Foundation 300.00 

Brookhill Nursery 300.00 

Dividends 52.50 

Vacation Fund 737.50 

Negro Delegate Fund 914.35 

Seigle Avenue Summer Fund 1,000.00 

Morris Field Church 150.00 

The Luther Film 65.44 

New Salem Refund 49.25 

Caldwell Funerals 508.12 

For James Cooley 252.00 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian Ads 61.00 

$119,192.64 $119,192.64 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salaries and Supplies 25,474.84 

Negro Work — Including salaries 12,879.72 

M. A. F. dues 1,508.77 

Director of Internal Revenue 1,987.65 

Christmas checks 450.00 

Minister to the Hospitals 3,600.00 

Moving ministers 214.06 

Book Fund 140.70 

Vacation Fund 695.00 

Seigle Avenue Summer Fund 1,225.00 

For Belk Foundation 300.00 

Evangelism Committee 26.31 

Committee Expense 489.54 

For New Salem 49.42 

Caldwell Funerals 208.86 

S. Tryon Manse Conversion 347.76 

For S. Tryon Church 277.15 

For South Tryon Church Furniture 2,250.00 

Beulah Presbyterian Church 337.50 

South Tryon 2-family apt. (manse) 11,407.36 

Forest Hill Church 12,000.00 

Flynwood lot 3,000.00 

Seigle Avenue Manse 12,500.00 

Improving Shuman Ave. property 1,093.82 

South Tryon Nursery 330.93 

Clanton Memorial Summer program 300.00 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 853.12 

Church and Manse Fund 138.90 

Insurance 404.19 

Negro Conferences 894.35 

James Cooley Account 164.79 

Martin Luther film 161.00 

The W. H. Belk Fund (Loan) 5,000.00 

Sam McNeely, Jr 1,000.00 

Presbytery's Building Fund 14,000.00 

Total Disbursements $115,690771 $115,690.71 

CASH BALANCE 3,501.93 

$119,192.64 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MECKLENBURG 
BI-CENTENNIAL 

January 14, 1955 - January 14, 1956 
RECEIPTS: 

Belk Foundation $ 1,000.00 

Churches of the Presbytery 6,847 75 

Individuals 2.00 

$ 7,849.75 $ 7,849.75 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Mailing $ 55.00 

Advertising and Decorations 1,409.69 

Costumes and Materials 1,098.05 

Carpenters and Properties 1,317.73 

Expense for cast 736.83 

Music 354.42 

Insurance 194.55 

Art Work 125.00 

Pictures 300.00 

Printing 165.00 

The Director — plus expense 813.58 

Radio Center (film) 458.76 

Wm. Loftin, Publisher 4.50 

Pound and Moore 8.68 

$ 7,041.79 $ 7,041.79 

BALANCE $ 807.96 

The two scrap books are yet to be made and the moving picture film 
is yet to be edited and completed. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S 
CHURCH & MANSE BLDG. FUND 

January 17, 1955 - January 7, 1956 

Cash Balance January 17, 1955 $ 2,511.38 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance on Forest Hill Manse Call $ 112.50 

South Park Manse Call 1,222.83 

Park Avenue Manse Call 1,104.08 

Seigle Avenue Manse Call (partial) 825.00 

$ 3,264.41 $ 3,264.41 

$ 5,775.79 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Forest Hill Church (Woodlawn Call) $ 1,457.05 

Park Avenue Manse 1,166.83 

South Park Manse 1,222.83 

Seigle Avenue Manse 750.00 

$ 4,596.71 $ 4,596.71 
BANK BALANCE $ 1,179.08 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S 
BUILDING FUND 

Balance in Bank January 16, 1956 $14,000.00 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE SEIGLE AVENUE 
BUILDING FUND 

1955 
On Deposit $10.00 

REPORT OF THE CENTRAL TREASURER OF BENEVOLENCES 

for the year 1955 
RECEIPTS i... $370,692.30 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

World Missions $ 92,068.21 

As. Ch. Extension 44,050.07 

Annuities and Relief 17,637.52 

As. Ch. Education 16,006.78 

Overseas Relief 810.92 

General Fund 20,819.87 

Inter-Church Agencies 651.13 

Board of Woman's Work 13.00 

Guidance Centers 30.77 

Brazilian High Schools 53.85 

Mobile Studio 46.17 

Ecumenical Fellowship 23.09 

American Bible Society 236.60 

White Cross 13.25 

Negro Work Campaign 1,552.00 

Historical Foundation 2.00 

Mountain Retreat Association 109.20 

American Leprosy Mission 50.00 

A. T. S 26.77 

Furlough Homes 5.87 

Birthday Gift 17.68 

Stillman College 1.00 

C. R. O. P 89.52 

Stuart Robinson School 20.00 

Assembly's Vacation Fund 50.00 

Montreat College 15.00 

Synod's Church Extension $ 14,042.55 

Educational Institutions 51,493.02 

Presbytery's Orphan's Home 22,505.90 

Presbyterian Home, Inc 4,189.73 

Synod's Religious Education 7,033.25 

Campus Christian Life 4,866.78 

William Black Home .60 

U. T. S. Development Campaign 1,125.00 

N. C. C. and A. C. L 649.28 

Allied Church League 50.00 

Presbyterian Junior College 20.00 

Little Joe's Church 5.00 



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Presbytery's Church Extension $ 58,300.59 

Church and Manse Building Fund 26.00 

Religious Education 5,208.65 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 2,227.50 

Mecklenburg Bi-Centennial 961.87 

Camp Stewart Building Fund 600.00 

Seigle Avenue Summer Fund 525.00 

Brookhill Nursery 300.00 

Alexander Home 1,203.09 

Bible in Public Schools 415.00 

South Tryon Presbyterian Church 177.82 

Good Samaritan Hospital 7.40 

Miss Nancy Rozzelle, Treasurer 2.00 

Negro Delegate Fund 146.00 

Refund W. N. Ward, Treasurer 210.00 

$370,692.30 $370,692.30 

Report of the Committee on Ministerial Education — The 

report for the Committee on Ministerial Education was made 
by Rev. Russell Kerr, Acting Chairman. The following report 
was adopted: 

The more detailed report is given at the Spring meeting of the 
Presbytery. 

However, it will be of interest to the Presbytery that the applications 
of five new candidates are now in the process of being completed and 
these young men will be presented at the Spring meeting. 

Through the committee Candidate William F. Scholl, Jr. requests 
that he be transferred to the Presbytery of New York of the Presby- 
terian Church, USA. 

Candidate Franklin McKinley Penninger makes the request that he 
be allowed to withdraw from the care of the Presbytery. 

By the removal of the Rev. G. Dana Waters to the Presbytery of 
Congeree, the committee is left without a chairman. The committee has 
expressed to Mr. Waters its sincere appreciation for the very excellent 
way in which he has carried on the work of the committee. 

Russell M. Kerr, Chairman pro tem 

Report of Committee on Education — Rev. Lawrence I. 
Stell, reported for the Committee on Education. The Com- 
mittee requested Presbytery to docket for Spring Meeting a 
special hour on Higher Education. The report w^as adopted. 

Assembly's Work Committee — The Rev. A. Leslie Thomp- 
son reporting on Assembly's Work Committee presented Mr. 
Joe McLaney, Chairman of Sub-Committee on World Mis- 
sions, who gave a very challenging message on Missions. It 
was received as information. 



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Dr. Charles E. S. Kramer, President of the Assembly's 
Training School, was then presented by the Chairman, who 
then in turn brought an interesting report on A. T. S. 

Report of Christian Education Committee — Rev. J. R. 

Crook, Chairman of Christian Education Committee, reported 
for the seven divisions of Christian Education with special 
emphasis on Men's Work. 

A motion that the Special Committee on Segregation give 
its report as the third order after lunch. 

The Stated Clerk was authorized to have copies made of 
the retiring Moderator's Message, "The Gentleness of Jesus", 
and to send to each member of the Presbytery. 

Presbytery recessed for lunch at 12:30 to reconvene at 2 
o'clock. Rev. Don Coffey led in prayer. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

The Presbytery reconvened at two o'clock and was led in 
prayer by the Moderator, Rev. Sam H. Zealy. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. Roswell C. Long was 
named the Moderator-in-Nomination for the next meeting of 
the Presbytery. 

Election of Commissioners to General Assembly — The 

motion was made that the Minister Commissioners to the 
General Assembly be elected first from among ministers who 
have never attended an Assembly, and then if others were 
needed to make the necessary 16, they be elected from the 
floor. 

The following were elected as Commissioners to the Gen- 
eral Assembly: 

Ministers Principals Ministers Alternates 

John A. Carriker G. A. Fletcher 

B. F. Moore W. E. Lytch 

F. C. Wilkinson J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

R. W. Rayburn C. A. White 

E. B. Cooper C. M. Coffey 

S. W. Hogue I. H. Chadwick 

H. D. Hayward R. V. Colen 

W. M. Boyce, Jr. W. F. Mitchell 



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Elders Principals Elders Alternates 

J. B. Watt, Steele Creek R. W. Blackwelder, Forest Hill 

T. M. Barnhardt, Jr., Covenant J. R. Miller, Pineville 

John W. Knox, Bethel R. B. Collins, Caldwell Memorial 

P. W. Davenport, Paw Creek R. F. Rozzelle, Cook's Memorial 

J. L. Puckett, Hopewell W. P. Harkey, Selwyn Avenue 

Jones Y. Pharr, Charlotte First E. D. Byers, Sunset Hills 

F. 0. Brown, Philadelphia J. W. Craig, Jr., St. Andrews 

E. R. Bierman, Myers Park D. A. Monroe, Biscoe 

Report of Special Committee on Segregation — The report 
of the special committee on Segregation was presented by 
the Rev. James A. Jones. A motion to table the report was 
defeated by a vote of 70 to 57. The statement of principle 
at the first of the report was adopted and admitted to the 
record. The entire report with the recommendations was 
adopted. The office of Presbytery was authorized to furnish 
printed copies of the Committee's report to each Session in 
Presbytery. 

The Presbytery in its 206th Stated Meeting, September 14, 1954, 
instructed that a committee be appointed "to study the matter of segre- 
gation." Acting on this instruction, the Moderator of the Presbytery 
appointed the following as members of this special committee: the 
Reverend A. A. Allen, the Reverend Henry G. Bedinger, the Reverend 
W. M. Boyce, Jr., Mr. Philip F. Howerton, the Reverend Jas. A. Jones, 
Dr. Hamilton W. McKay, and the Reverend M. B. Prince. 

The committee met in the late autumn of 1954 with all members 
present. After considerable discussion it was voted that no report be 
submitted to the Presbytery until after action had been taken by the 
Synod of North Carolina upon a report of its "Ad Interim Committee 
on Resolutions Concerning Segregation From Certain Churches," which 
committee was appointed by the Synod in July 1954. 

The second meeting of the committee was on December 7, 1955. In 
view of the fact that the Reverend A. A. Allen had removed his resi- 
dence from the bounds of the Presbytery, at least temporarily, the 
Moderator named the Reverend W. T. Taylor to serve in his stead as a 
member of the committee. The assignment given to the committee by 
the Presbytery and the report which should be made to the Presbytery 
were discussed at length. The chairman of the committee was instructed 
to prepare a preliminary report for the committee upon which it could 
act and out of which would grow its communication to the Presbytery. 

The third meeting of the committee was on January 16, 1956. The 
committee adopted a report which is herewith presented to the 
Presbytery 

The action of the Presbytery which resulted in the committee's 
appointment was of the most general nature. The committee judged 
that its first responsibility was to delimit its task. The subject of 
segregation has been so widely discussed, the aspects of it are so varied 
and involved, that the committee concluded it must spell out for itself 



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what appeared to it to be its function. It was agreed that the com- 
mittee would try to do two things: (1) It would examine the recent 
actions of the General Assembly and of the Synod of North Carolina to 
determine their accuracy of Biblical interpretation and their compatibil- 
ity with the law of the Church; (2) It would recommend to the Pres- 
bytery any specific alterations in procedure or emphasis which seemed 
to be proper and constructive in the light of the whole subject. 

In reporting to the Presbytery the committee calls the attention of 
the court to this question as viewed on two broad levels, the level of 
principle and the level of practice. 

At the level of principle, the committee makes these observations: 

1. The matter for discussion before us must be put and must be kept 
in an ecclesiastical context. The Presbytery is not here discussing what 
should or should not be done in the matter of segregation in political 
and civil affairs. Such questions are important, of course, and with them 
churchmen will be concerned. But the Presbytery of Mecklenburg has 
no responsibility and no right to legislate on the matter for the general 
body of our nation's citizens. It does have a duty to examine the perti- 
nence of any procedure in the life of the Church, seeking to determine 
the propriety of such procedure in the light of the Bible and in the light 
of the standards of the Church's order. 

It may be objected that the whole question of segregation is so com- 
plex, has such wide and incisive implications for the whole order of social 
life, is so entangled with custom and heritage, that any isolation of the 
subject to the "ecclesiastical" realm is impossible. The committee is not 
unaware of this difficulty, but it would insist that, difficult or not, such 
a limitation of the subject must be imposed. It would call to the atten- 
tion of the Presbytery that over the centuries the churches generally, 
and the Presbyterian Church particularly, have lifted problems about 
which honest men disagreed out of their secular relationships and set 
them before the conscience of the Church for its review, solely on the 
basis of the Faith's plain or implied teaching. In our generation the 
courage and vision of our forefathers in similar matters need to be 
borrowed by their children. That an issue is complex is no reason for 
the Church's being timid in confronting it, else the Church can be in- 
nocuous when it should be prophetic. That an issue is confused, pro- 
vocative of disagreement among men of good will and good reputation, 
is no justification for ignoring it, rather is the Church thereby called to 
seek with patience and prayer such a measure of the light of God upon 
the question as shall make all who love the light of one mind. It is in 
this spirit that the committee has tried to perform its assignment. 

2. In the judgment of the committee, the actions of the General 
Assembly and of the Synod of North Carolina dealing with the question 
of "enforced segregation" are consistent with and proper interpretations 
of the teachings of the Bible and of the Church. In view of the wide 
circulation of these actions and of their availability for examination by 
any who are interested, the committee does not believe it is necessary 
here to attempt to brief them, nor to quote at any length from them. 

At one point, however, in the action of the Assembly, there is a 
matter upon which the committee comments. From many quarters the 
committee has heard objections raised to the term employed in the 
Assembly's action which says, "enforced segregation is unchristian." 



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That statement has been interpreted to mean that anyone who believes 
that segregation is expedient and permissible is not a Christian. While 
it is not the business of the committee to prepare a commentary upon 
the Assembly's action, it appears to the committee that such an inter- 
pretation is unfortunate and inaccurate. 

Does it not rather seem that the action of the Assembly employs 
in this phrase a type of expression which is current in speech and in 
literature? It is not at all uncommon to refer to some procedure as 
"unchristian," without in any sense impeaching the essential Christian 
conviction and loyalty of a man who adopts such a procedure. Whether 
an individual is a Christian or not depends upon a personal, redemptive 
relationship to Christ. There may be moods and acts in his life which 
are "unchristian," a condition which he himself will most readily admit, 
seeing that not yet has the work of sanctification been complete in any 
of us. By the presence of such "unchristian" traits, whatever they may 
be, a man diminishes the quality of his witness for Christ and of his 
discipleship under Christ. By a patient, agonizing, persistent effort to 
eradicate such marks he grows in spiritual stature and in creative 
dependence upon Him Who moves to perfect our redemption. 

It is in some such context as this, your committee feels, that the 
terminology of the General Assembly's action must be understood. The 
man who favors desegregation is not given license to sit in sanctimon- 
ious judgment upon his brother in Christ who holds the contrary view. 
Both of them are enjoined to examine carefully what the Holy Spirit 
has said and is saying to the churches, through the Holy Bible, through 
the witness of the Church over the years, and through the urgencies of 
our current scene. Something of this the Assembly and Synod have tried 
to do, and in the judgment of your special committee their actions faith- 
fully represent what the Bible and the Church have to say on the subject. 

3. The main matter in this whole discussion is not segregation or 
desegregation, but the nature of the Church. On this point the Bible 
and the standards of the denomination are unqualifiedly clear. The 
Church is the Family of God whose members are sealed into it by the 
grace of Christ through faith unto salvation. No church, whether a 
particular church or a whole denomination, whether from principle or 
custom, whether by design or indifference, can alter this fact. When- 
ever a particular church within our denomination attempts to modify 
the Biblical standards by which an individual is received into the Church, 
there is a violation of the plain teaching of the Scripture and of the 
categorical affirmations of the Church's government. 

There are those who say, however, that the Session of a particular 
church, obligated to maintain its peace, may exclude members of a race 
from specific fellowship in performance of its duty. As a consequence it 
is concluded that for the good of such particular church, and for the 
honor of religion in presenting itself without strife before a community, 
Sessions may judge it best to delineate a policy which excludes Negroes 
from membership in some churches. Moreover, there are those who point 
out that conditions in some quarters of the Church are so strained and 
pressures exercised so profound, if not malign, that were not a local 
church to make such statement of general policy, it would be harrassed 
and embarrassed by people who would seek to "test the sincerity" of 
such an action as the law of the Church seems to some to require. Such 
individuals would appear before Sessions "to see what would happen," 



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"to make fuel for their fire," "to gain notoriety," and such like. The 
committee believes that this is a calculated risk which the Church must 
be willing to take. It were far better for Sessions to face the adversities 
which may arise out of embracing the standards of the Church on such a 
matter, than to abdicate those principles and procedure upon which the 
Church itself is established, and in the practice of which we ourselves 
have been sealed into the Household of Faith. 

4. The crucial word in the whole discussion before us is the word 
"enforced." Whatever the outcome of the present issue in this matter 
before us as a Church and as a nation, segregation within society will 
continue in a hundred forms. People of like mind and heritage, of like 
culture and disposition, naturally congregate. Already there is segrega- 
tion in every church, as a visit to a church supper will make plain. There 
is segregation in a meeting of Presbytery, as men who attend upon its 
sessions with any regularity know very well. But the fact is, such 
segregation is voluntary. It is established by moods and habits which 
can be generated and practiced according to will. It is embraced for the 
sake of common benefit and for the prosperity of a common purpose. 

Enforced segregation on the basis of race has no such characteristics. 
The committee evaluated its assignment in the light of the Scripture 
teaching that the men redeemed by Christ and growing in the grace of 
Christ "henceforth know no man after the flesh." If the Church is a 
confederacy of faith not established upon, nor maintained by rich or 
poor, bond of free, Jew or Gentile, male or female, where is there any 
ground for saying that a church that means to be loyal to the Bible's 
description of such a society can draw limits in its fellowship according 
to race. 

The committee is well aware that no one in the Church questions for 
a moment the participation of men of all races in the "One, Holy, Catho- 
lic, Apostolic Church." None has intimated to the least degree that the 
power of the Gospel is not available to and adequate for all who come to 
God by Christ. Those individuals within the Church who insist upon the 
maintenance of some fashion of enforced segregation declare without 
any qualification their concern for the evangelizing of the Negro, and 
their confidence that his relationship to Christ by faith is as inviolate 
and as efiicient as their own. They talk of the Negro in "The Church" 
but not in "their church," as it were. But is it not true that the primary 
function of every serious churchman is to seek persistently and courage- 
ously how the marks of "The Church" can become the marks of "his 
church?" It would appear to the committee that the Presbytery would 
do well to advise any within its fellowship that approval of the glories 
and the marks which belong to the whole body of Christ lay upon a 
man a solemn obligation to seek such traits for that branch of the 
Church Militant and catholic in which his own lot is cast and under 
whose disciplines he follows after Christ, the Church's Great Head. 

5. The primary business of the Church of Jesus Christ is the evan- 
gelization of the world. The primary business of the Presbyterian 
Church in the United States is the performance of this mission in the 
areas assigned to us for particular responsibility. It must be recognized 
that our Church has failed in so many ways to discharge its responsibil- 
ity under God to the Negro in our midst. The Church has brought itself 
under judgment in this connection and within recent years has launched 
a program that seeks to amend the faults of nearly a century. 



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The committee believes that our Presbytery cannot discharge its 
obligation to Christ, to its community, or to itself apart from diligence 
and sacrifice in providing Negroes with facilities for worship and with 
leadership to guide them in their own spiritual development. There is 
need now, as never before, for an aggressive program of evangelism 
aimed at enlisting the Negro for Christ and of assisting him to give in- 
spiration to his own people in their destiny under God. While the com- 
mittee is convinced that there is no ground in Scripture or in the 
standards of the Church for excluding any race from any particular 
church, it is still true that some segregation among the races will con- 
tinue, to the advantage of all, and to their contribution to that harmony 
in diversity which is so characteristic of all creation. It has been demon- 
strated that varieties of churches best serve the life of a community. 
Men do not possess at this stage of their sanctification sufficient wisdom 
to create one institution that will serve with equal effectiveness the 
lettered and the unlettered, the countryman and the urbanite, the artisan 
and the student. We may say that such should not be the case, seeing 
that our spiritual needs are met only in Christ, and that any church 
ought to seek to become all things to all men. But the fact remains that 
individuals differ. Within a local church there is variety of program for 
varieties of age groups. There are items of special interest and appeal 
to differing individuals within the one church. 

It becomes the church to exploit these differences within people to 
their advantage and to the expansion of the Christian fellowship in our 
time. To attempt to legislate by fiat a condition which has obtained for 
centuries is as unwise as the refusal to take a stand on what the Church 
is in hope and prayer, is unpardonable cowardice. 

Against this broad and general background of principle, the com- 
mittee makes these observations about matters of practice which con- 
cern the Presbytery. The observations are in the form of resolutions 
presented for consideration by the Presbytery: 

RESOLVED: 

1. That Mecklenburg Presbytery and its constituent churches receive 
the recent deliverances of the General Assembly and of the Synod of 
North Carolina as actions in harmony with the standards of the Church 
and expressing views on the matter of segregation consonant with and 
derived from the teachings of the Holy Scripture. 

2. That Presbytery commend to the Sessions of its churches a prayer- 
ful and diligent study of these actions by the Assembly and Synod, and 
of this report by its own special committee, urging that in such study it 
be remembered and emphasized that the Church is speaking to church- 
men and is not legislating for the body politic, or arrogating to itself the 
unwarranted prerogative of dictating procedures to any local church, nor 
claiming for itself anything other than a careful seeking after the lead- 
ing of the Holy Spirit. Who has been promised to the Church as its 
Guide into all wisdom. It is quite evident and expedient that the appli- 
cation of the principle set forth by the courts of the church will vary in 
local churches and in the context of the life of particular communities. 
In such instances the Presbytery urges the Sessions to move with care 
and wisdom in all matters pertaining to this question. 

3. That Presbytery engage itself with all dispatch and concern to 
provide facilities and leadership for ministering to and the work of 
evangelism among the Negro population within the bounds of the 
Presbytery. 



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4. That Presbytery leave in the hands and under the jurisdiction of 
its executive agencies the application of the principles ennunciated by 
this action, confident that such agents will be diligent in resolving 
matters which come before them to the advantage of the life of all the 
churches in the Presbytery and to the prosperity of those particular 
duties entrusted to each of the agents of the Presbytery. 

5. That Presbytery call upon its members and upon the churches 
within its bounds to exercise the Christian virtues of patience and 
brotherly love as they seek to find for themselves and for our beloved 
Church the most effective way for applying to the life of the Church the 
principles which underlie and define the nature of our comradeship with 
all believers in the Family of God. 

6. That Presbytery urge upon its elders and churches the need for 
solemn, believing, earnest prayer in behalf of all those charged with 
the difficult task of plotting a course for our citizens and for our fellow- 
churchmen in these days of pervasive unrest, lamented suspicion, and 
disquieting tension. 

Respectfully submitted, 
JAS. A. JONES, Chairman 

Report of Nominations Committee — The following report 
of the Nominating Committee of Mecklenburg Presbytery 
was read by Charles E. S. Kraemer. It was adopted. 

We nominate to the Presbytery 

1. To the Commission on The Minister And His Work — Class of 1957 
The Rev. W. L. Hall to replace the Rev. J. C. Lawrence (removed). 

2. To the Committee of Church Extension 
Sub-Committee on Home Missions — Class of 1957 

The Rev. Roy F. Whitley (Monroe) to replace the Rev. J. C. 
Lawrence (removed). 

3. To the Committee on Ministerial Education — Class of 1956 

The Rev. Sam M. Inman to replace the Rev. J. C. Lawrence (re- 
moved) and to serve as Chairman of the Committee. 
The Rev. Marcus Prince to replace the Rev. Dana Waters (re- 
moved). 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles E. S. Kraemer, Chairman 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee 
made the following report through its Chairman, Rev. A. T. 
Taylor. The report was adopted. 

1. The Commission to install Rev. James E. Fogartie as pastor of 
Myers Park Church: Chairman Dr. Warner L. Hall to preside and pro- 
pound the questions; Dr. E. Lee Stoffel to charge the congregation and 
Dr. Lawrence L Stell to charge the minister. Other members to serve 
on Commission: Dr. Herbert Carson, Rev. Sam Inman; the Elders to 
be Dr. Hamilton W. McKay and Mr. C. W. Gilchrist. Dr. Arthur F. 
Fogartie, member Presbytery of East Arkansas, father of Mr. Fogartie 
be invited to preach the sermon. The service to be Feb. 12th, 7:45 P.M. 



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2. Commission to install Rev. W. T. Taylor, pastor South Tryon St. 
Church: Chairman, Dr. R. H. Stone to preside and ask the questions, 
Rev. William F. Mitchell charge the pastor. Mr. Rufus Grier to charge 
the people and the Rev. James E. Fogartie to preach. Mr. John A. Tate, 
Jr., elder of Myers Park also to serve on the Commission, and Dr. 
Lawrence L Stell. The service to be Feb. 5th, 7:30 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. T. Taylor 

B. F. Ferguson 
Charles Richardson 
H. P. Cathey 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions made the following report which was adopted: 

The Committee on Resolutions submit the following recommenda- 
tions: 

That we express our appreciation for the hospitality of the Pastor, 
the Session, and the congregation of the Sharon Presbyterian Church, 
and that we especially thank the ladies who prepared and served the 
excellent meal. 

That we also express our appreciation to our Moderator, Rev. Sam 
H. Zealy, for his capable conduct of this meeting. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. D. Caldwell 
W. E. Lytch 
A. M. Cathey 
J. K. Starnes 

Report of Standing Committee on Records of Presbytery — 

The Standing Committee on Presbytery's Records made the 
following report which was adopted: 

After an examination of the Minutes of Presbytery we commend the 
Clerks for their work. We found one error on page 17 under paragraph 
4 — instead of the word to attend Presbytery should be to Atlanta 
Presbytery. 

J. E. Wayland, Jr., Chairman 

Mr. Gray 

Mr. Berryhill 

Mr. Pepper 

Report of Committee on Sessional Records — The follow- 
ing Report of the Committee on Sessional Records was read 
and adopted: 

The following records were approved without exception: 

Mark's Creek, New Salem, Providence, Seigle Ave., Troy, St. Paul, 
Paw Creek, Commonwealth, Brainerd, Trinity, Sunset Hills, Badin First, 
Plaza Church, Covenant, Ramah, Morris Field, Mallard Creek, Small- 
wood, Matthews, Nevin, Park Ave., Central Steele Creek, Mount Gilead, 



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South Fork, Eastminster, Westover Hills, Philadelphia, Albemarle First, 
Robinson, Caldwell, Rourk, Norwood First, Charlotte First, Thomasboro, 
Mulberry, Waxhaw, West Ave., Six Mile Creek, Candor, Stephenson, 
Bethel, Newell, Monroe, Cameronion, Sardis, Benton Heights, Sugaw 
Creek, Tenth Ave., Wadesboro, Pleasant Hill, Westminster, Myers Park, 
Sharon, Rehoboth, Walkersville, Banks, Star, Biscoe, Ellerbe, Hopewell, 
Mt. Carmel, Williams Memorial, St. Andrews, Macedonia, Steele Creek, 
Cook's Memorial, Bethany, Selwyn Ave., McQuay, Indian Hill, and 
Clanton Memorial. 

The following records were approved with exceptions: 

Indian Trail, McLean, Morven, Camden, North Charlotte, Hamlet 
First, Locust, Forest Hill, Norman, W. H. Belk, Camp Green, Pee Dee, 
Beulah, Oakboro, Salem, S. C, Rockingham First, Altan, Ridgecrest, 
Marston, and Wilmore. 

Statistical Report to the General Assembly — An incom- 
plete report was read to the Presbytery and the Stated Clerk 
was given permission to complete the Statistical Report to 
the General Assembly, sign it and forward as soon as pos- 
sible to the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. 

Manual Change — Upon the second reading of the Manual 
Change the following recommendation was adopted. 

We recommend that Presbytery's Manual be changed so that the 
Committee on Nominations make its annual report at the Summer meet- 
ing of Presbytery in order to bring our work in line with Synod's year 
which closes July 31st. 

Requests Granted — A request that Presbytery concur with 
Rev. Frank C. Wilkinson in his resignation from the Star 
Presbyterian Church, effective Jan. 1, 1956 was granted. 

A request that Rev. Shelton Hutchinson be granted the 
privilege of laboring outside of the Presbytery was granted. 

Next Meeting — An invitation has been presented to Pres- 
bytery by the Bethel Church to meet with them in the 
Spring. The invitation was accepted. 

The Presbytery voted to adjourn. 

The Minutes were read and adopted. 

Rev. Sam H. Zealy, the Moderator, led the closing prayer. 
Presbytery adjourned to meet April 17, 1956 at 9 A.M. at 
the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, N. C. for its next 
Stated Session. 

Sam H. Zealy, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



INDEX 

Page 

Afternoon Session 30 

Assembly's Work Committee 29 

Christian Education Committee 30 

Church Organization 21, 22 

Commissions Reporting 

Minister and His Work 19 

To install Ministers 19, 20 

To Ordain and Install 

Committee on Arrangements 16 

Communications 18 

Directory 3, 4, 5 

Docket 16 

Docket Schedule 2 

Education Committee Report 29 

Election of Commissioners 30, 31 

Financial Reports 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 

History 13 

Installations Report 36 

Manual Change 

Resignation of Pastor 38 

Time and Place of Next Meeting 38 

Ministerial Education 29 

Moderators Elected 16 

Moderator Nominated 30 

Nominations Committee Report 36 

Opening Exercises 13 

Presbytery Council 23 

Reception of Ministers 22 

Records of Presbytery 37 

Resolutions 37 

Roll Call 15, 16 

Roll of Churches 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 

Roll of Ministers 6 

Segregation Committee's Report 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 

Sessional Records 37 

Standing Committees 17 

Statistical Report to Assembly 39 



39 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Two Hundred Twelfth 

Stated Session of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Bethel Presbyterian Church 
Cornelius, N. C. 
April 17, 1956 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Twelfth Stated Session in the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 
Cornelius, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. 

The Rev. Sam Zealy, retiring Moderator, led in the open- 
ing worship and preached a sermon on 'Two Lost Sons". 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was observed, being 
led by the Rev. G. E. Dixon and Rev. T. Duke Williams. 

The History of the Bethel Church was printed and put 
into the hands of the Presbytery by Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr., 
host pastor. It was adopted as printed. 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BETHEL CHURCH 

On or about January 1829 the Presbyterians living within the bounds 
of what is now known as Bethel Congregation met and resolved that a 
Christian Church of the Presbyterian Faith should be organized and 
located at some suitable point convenient for the congregation. At that 
time Hopewell, Ramah and Center were the only churches which the 
Presbyterians of this vicinity could attend and as there were but few 
conveyances and no good roads the women and children were in a great 
measure deprived of church privileges. 

The original plot of SV?. acres was given by Miss Ann Potts. The 
first church building was erected in 1830 and stood until 1895 at which 
time the sanctuary of the present structure was erected. Few of our 
members can still remember this first building. One of the points of 
interest is that twenty-three colored communicated worshipped in that 
building. The last of these twenty-three, Selina Johnston, received into 
the membership of Bethel Church on profession of faith in 1853, died in 
1927 at the age of 90. Bethel congregation at a meeting held in July 
1895 resolved to build a new building. After crops were laid by the male 
members together with many other friends met and made bricks and 
commenced the work of building in earnest. Rev. Thomas Espy was 



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the first pastor of this church from July 1829 to 1830. Since that time 
there has been approximately thirty-five pastors and supply pastors. The 
first children baptised in this church were Thomas Espy Potts and 
Thomas Espy Goodsey. No further record is known of Thomas Goodsey 
but Thomas Espy Potts was a member until his death. There were 
eleven charter members, four of which were elders. 

Bethel Church has three octogenarians: Miss Rebecca Jetton, Mrs. 
Carrie Knox and Mr. Albert Hall. Miss Rebecca Jetton, the oldest, has 
been a member since 1891 (sixty-four years). 

Seven of our former pastors are still living. They are, in order: 
Dr. Boiling Hobson, Princeton, West Virginia; Reverend W. C. Wauchop, 
Concord, N. C; Reverend R. C. Clontz, Davidson, N. C; Reverend W. T. 
Smith, Charlotte, N. C; Reverend W. H. Johnston, Charlotte, N. C; 
Reverend J. L. Russell, Decatur, Georgia; Reverend B. F. Livingstone, 
Lexington, Virginia. Reverend S. A. Ewart, while pastor in Fayetteville 
Presbytery, was called from this life August 22, 1953. Among our 
former pastors the people of Bethel will long remember two faithful 
supply pastors who have been called on several occasions when we were 
without a pastor. They are Professor W. L. Porter and Professor E. A. 
Beaty, both of Davidson College. We are happy to have some of these 
pastors and supply pastors here today. 

Presbytery has met three times at this church. April 1858, April 
1879 and April 1923. The 212th Stated Session of Presbytery will meet 
at this church in April 1956. 

There were thirty-six men from this church called into the service 
of their country during World War IL All but one returned. Lieuten- 
ant Adrin Vernon Knox was killed in action at Stavelot, Belgium, De- 
cember 23, 1944. A memorial service for Lieutenant Knox was con- 
ducted at this church on December 30, 1945. 

During the past ten years many improvements have been made. 
Eight Sunday School rooms have been added, a new floor in the 
sanctuary and new pews were recently installed. Also among the many 
improvements was a new addition to the kitchen of the hut. To this 
progress we owe much to the Women of the Church. The rug, painting, 
and flower stand in front of the church, are among the many things the 
women have contributed. At this time the women have four active 
circles which have a record membership. 

Two missionaries have gone out from this church. Mrs. Bessie Knox 
Wilson served as a missionary to Korea for forty years, and Mrs. Hattie 
Knox Dodson, after six years as a missionary, died in Korea. 

For the first time this church is supporting its own missionary. Miss 
Cora Wayland left the United States in October 1954 for her post in 
Mokpo, Korea. Bethel Church is proud of the great work she is doing 
as our missionary. 

Our present pastor. Reverend J. E. Wayland, Jr., came to Bethel 
Church as supply pastor June 1, 1951, and was installed as pastor July 
27, 1952. The people have been richly blessed by his pastoral here. 
Bethel Church now has a membership of 191, the largest at any one 
time. And our Sunday School has a membership of 238. Our Sunday 
School has been organized to the extent that children are properly 
grouped by age and sufficient teachers have been secured for all classes. 



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Our rooms are filled, including the hut and kitchen of the hut. For 
some time the kitchen has been used as Sunday School rooms. It is due 
to this crowded condition that the recent addition to the front of the 
church was so planned so as to have two additional rooms. 

The Roll — ^The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting: 

Ministers — J. W. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. M. Johnston, B. F. 
Yandell, J. C. Grier; A. T. Taylor, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, R. A. 
Young, C. M. Boyd, D. K. Snyder, W. T. Smith, R. H. Stone; F. C. 
Debele, Jr., C. G. McClure, S. M. Inman, F. C. Pratt, W. M. Walsh, 
F. S. Johnston, A. L. Thompson, R. F. Whitley, W. L. Hall, T. W. Mac- 
Lean, H. S. Robinson, S. M. Hutchison, C. H. Rowan, R. C. Long, H. G. 
Bedinger, C. S. Miller, B. F. Moore, W. M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, 
S. H. Zealy, W. B. McSwain, F. C. Wilkinson, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. 
Cooper, Ira H. Rawles, L. I. Stell, M. G. Lyerly, R. W. Rayburn, W. M. 
Boyce, Jr., H. D. P. Pollard, W. M. Boyce, R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, 
S. W. Yandle, J. E. Wayland, Jr., B. F. Ferguson, J. R. Crook, Sheldon 
A. Koesy, Crawford A. White, J. S. Garner, H. S. Schum, S. W. Hogue, 
W. G. Workman, C. Mc.D. Coffey, I. H. Chadwick, W. S. Boyce, Robert 
Turner, R. V. Colin, W. F. Mitchell, W. T. Taylor, F. C. Holder, C. D. 
Caldwell, H. M. Jefferson, M. R. Williamson, E. L. Stoffel, J. L. Doom, 
T. Duke Williams, W. E. Lytch, J. S. McClure, W. N. Clark, Jr., W. D. 
Lively, S. A. Ritchie, G. E. Dixon, E. A. McLeod, 0. W. Perrell, J. E. 
Fogartie — 79. 

Ruling Elders — D. A. Holbrook, Albemarle First; Walton Crook, 
Altan; J. F. Sigman, Amity; N. C. McCorkle, Jr., Avondale; L. A. Fes- 
perman, Badin; H. P. Stephenson, Banks; P. S. Sniper, W. K. Belk; 
Arther Brown, Bethel; Buford E. Price, Bethlehem; Oscar L. Stevens, 
Biscoe; J. R. Craven, Caldwell Memorial; Jesse Morris, Camden; B. L. 
McNeely, Jr., Cameronian; Dr. A. A. McDuffie, Candor; R. S. Abernethy, 
Jr., Charlotte First; D. F. Gilchrist, Clanton Memorial; Wilburn B. 
Brown, Commonwealth; Garmon C. McCall, Cook's Memorial; R. E. 
Kennedy, Cornelius; James H. Barnhardt, Arthur R. Craig, Covenant; 
E. L. Conder, Eastminster; I. C. Parson, Ellerbe First; R. W. Black- 
welder, Jr., Forest Hill; H. G. Fetner, Hamlet First; J. L. Puckett, Sr., 
Hopewell; J. Boyd Monteith, Huntersville; M. E. Brattain, Indian Hill; 
J B. Maness, Indian Trail; W. K. Helms, Locust; Daniel J. McCaskill, 
Macedonia; J. H. Oehler, Mallard Creek; W. R. Gibson, Marks Creek; 
P. F. Lee, Marshville; N. O. Alexander, Matthews; A. M. Cathey, McGee; 
W. M. Levin, McLean Memorial; J. W. Ormand, Monroe First; Howard 
McFayden, Mt. Carmel; R. L. Martin, Mt. Gilead; P. M. Summerville, 
Mulberry; David J. Craig, Jr., Charles M. Hassell, Myers Park; J. R. 
Dutten, Nevin; W. E. Neill, W. H. Henderson, North Charlotte; E. O. 
Byrd, Sr., Norwood; H. G. Smith, Park Avenue; Plato W. Davenport, 
Paw Creek; E. Ross Cathey, Philadelphia; F. R. Freeman, Plaza; P. J. 
Turner, Pleasant Hill; L. M. Rea, Providence; T. E. Brown, Ramah; 
William Lambert, Ridgecrest; B. W. Faires, Robinson; L. A. Kelly, 
Rockingham First; W. P. Summerville, St. Andrews; G. M. Causley, 
St. Paul; D. V. Walker, Sharon; Carl H. Geanes, South Park; R. W. 
Davenport, Sr., Steele Creek; T. W. Hunter, Sugaw Creek; W. C. 
Washam, Sunset Hills; E. F. Parnell, Tenth Avenue; C. A. Osborne, 
Thomasboro; E. S. Dillard, Trinity; Horace McCall, Troy; D. E. Glenn, 



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Turner; F. P. Bayliss, Wadesboro; E. T. McCain, Walkersville; M. L. 
McGill, Watson Heights; H. H. Massey, Waxhaw; Clarence H. Seawell, 
West Avenue; Warren O. Cockrane, Westminster; Kirby L. Johnston, 
Westover Hills; T. C. Chapman, Williams Memorial; W. D. Rodgers, 
Wilmore; W. T. Reeder, South Tryon Street— 79. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time 
were introduced. 

Moderator Elected — Dr. Roswell C. Long, Moderator 
Nominee, was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following 
Report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted : 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the Presbytery 
follow the printed docket with the following modifications: 

1. That Presbytery hear Mr. Theodore D. Pratt, Promotion Secre- 
tary for The Presbyterian Survey, immediately after the "Communica- 
tions" item in the Docket. 

2. Presbytery hear Mr. John R. Crawford's ordination sermon as the 
second order after lunch. 

3. Presbytery hear Mr. Elmer D. Meadley speak on Christian Higher 
Education for ten minutes with reference to the Consolidated Presby- 
terian College. This to be the 4th order after lunch. 

4. That Presbytery hear Mr. Harvey May on the Church and Manse 
Building Fund for five minutes as the 5th order after lunch. 

5. That Presbytery hear representatives of The Women-of-the- 
Church as the sixth order after lunch. 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Retiring Moderator's Sermon — Rev. S. H. Zealy. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

3. Memorials. 

4. History of the Bethel Presbyterian Church — Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

5. Enrollment: Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, Introduction 

of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Rev. R. C. Long, Nominee. 

7. Report of Committee on Arrangements — Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 



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9. Communications. 

10. Report of Commissions. 

1. The Minister and His Work — Rev. H. S. Robinson. 

2. Other Commissions. 

11. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

12. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

13. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Committee on Church Extension — Rev. H. D. Hayward. 

2. Presbytery's Council — Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

3. Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. S. M. Inman. 

4. Sub-Committee on Woman's Work — Rev. S. M. Hutchison. 

14. Report of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Resolutions. 

5. Synod's Minutes. 

15. Unfinished Business. 

16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator. (First Order after Lunch.) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. S. H. Zealy, Chairman; Rev. T. W. 
MacLean, Mr, W. 0. Cochrane, and Carl Geanes. 

2. Installations: Rev. B. F. Moore, Chairman; Rev. T. D. Williams, 

Charles M. Hassell, and Ross Cathey. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. Carl S. Miller, Chairman; Rev. Stewart 
Yandle, Fred Barnett, and N. C. McCorkle. 

4. Resolutions: Dr. Warner L. Hall, Chairman; Rev. Don Coffey, 
G. C. McCall, R. S. Abernethy. 

5. Synod's Minutes: Rev. J. S. Garner, Chairman; S. W. Hogue, 
Frank Freeman and David J. Craig. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as follows: 

1. From the Plaza Presbyterian Church announcing two ministerial 
candidates from Davidson and King College available for summer work. 
Received as information. 



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2. From Mrs. Emmet Crook, representing the Planning Committee 
of Mecklenburg Presbyterial, announcing the annual Family Living 
Institute at Oaklawn Community Center, 1222 Oaklawn Ave., Thursday, 
May 3, 1956. Received as information. 

3. From the following Ministers requesting excuse for absence from 
this meeting of Presbytery; James A. Jones, J. Gilbert Kirckhoff, Claude 
G. Pepper, Charles E. S. Kraemer, Robert F. Boyd. The requests were 
granted. 

4. From the American Bible Society relative to its work. Com- 
mitted to the Committee on Assembly's Work. 

5. From the Session of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church reporting 
and approving two men as candidates for the ministry. Committed to 
the Committee on Ministerial Education. 

6. From the Norwood Church for approval to grant an increase in 
the Pastor's salary from $3600 to $4000, as of May 1, 1956. This re- 
quest was granted. 

7. From Leighton Ford requesting to be excused and to be remem- 
bered in prayer in his evangelistic labors in Canada. The request was 
granted and the Rev. F. C. Pratt led Presbytery in prayer for Mr. Ford. 

8. From the South Tryon Street Church to change the terms of the 
call permitting the Church to pay as a part of the Salary $25.00 
monthly for car allowance. The request was granted. 

9. From the Nevin Presbyterian Church to increase Minister's car 
allowance and pay for insurance and hospital plan. 

10. From the Board of Church Extension, Division of Town and 
Country, relative to change in date of the summer meeting of Presby- 
tery. Received as information. 

11. From Malcolm Williamson, Pastor of 10th Ave. Church, re- 
questing a reduction of its assessments of $458 to $360 because of an 
error in reporting its membership. A motion was made that the church 
be excused the $98 differential. 

12. From Theodore Pratt relative to presenting the Presbyterian 
Survey at the Spring Meeting. Received as information. 

13. From the Rev. Fred Debele, Jr., presenting his resignation as 
Stated Clerk, effective June 1st. A motion was made to accept his 
resignation with exceeding reluctance. 

Dissolution of Pastoral Relationships — A request for the 
dissolution of the Pastoral relationships between the Rev. 
Fred Debele, Jr., and the Commonwealth Church was made, 
effective June 1st and that he be dismissed to Congaree 
Presbytery. Mr. W. B. Brown reported that the Congregation 
concurred in the request. A motion was made that a letter 
of commendation be sent to the Clerk of Congaree Presby- 
tery commending the Rev. Mr. Debele. 

The Rev. Mr. Henry Schum requested that the pastoral 
relationship between himself and the Hopewell Church be dis- 



45 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

solved, effective May 30th. Mr. Joe Puckett reported the Con- 
gregation concurred in the request of the pastor to be re- 
leased effective May 30th. A motion was made that a letter 
of recommendation also be sent on behalf of Mr. Schum to 
Holston Presbytery. 

The Moderator appointed The Rev. Watt Cooper to serve 
as Chairman of the Nominating Committee in the absence 
of Dr. Chas. E. S. Kraemer, Chairman. The Committee was 
asked to name a nominee for the office of Stated Clerk. 

The Rev. M. G. Lyerly asked that the Smallwood Church 
be excused from Elder representation at this Session. It was 
granted. 

Presbyterian Survey — Being presented by the Rev. R. H. 
Stone, Mr. Theodore D. Pratt, representing The Presbyterian 
Survey, made a ten minute presentation of the Every Family 
Plan for Churches. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — ^Your 

commission has transacted the following business since the 
last meeting of Presbytery: 

1. Granted the request of the West Avenue Church for the ap- 
proval of Dr. H. V. Carson and Dr. Malcolm McAfee as temporary 
supplies. 

2. Granted the request of the Banks and Rehobeth Churches for 
the approval of Professor W. F. McDermott, of Winthrop Col- 
lege, as temporary supply. 

3. Granted the request of the Six-Mile Creek Church for the ap- 
proval of Mr. T. E. O'Kelly, of Charlotte, as temporary supply. 

4. Dissolved the pastoral relation between Rev. Andrew Allen and 
the Amay James Church. Rev. I. Howard Chadwick was ap- 
pointed to serve as temporary moderator of the Amay James 
Church. 

5. Dissolved the pastoral relation between Rev. Wylie Hogue and 
the churches of the Belk Larger Parish, namely, the Banks, Re- 
hobeth, Six-Mile Creek and Unionville Churches. 

6. Dissolved the pastoral relation between Rev. Dwight Barker and 
the Cameronian and Park Avenue Churches. Mr. Barker, who 
planned to enter the Chaplains Branch, USAR, on April 10, 1956, 
was granted permission to labor outside the bounds of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. Rev. Carl S. Miller was appointed to serve as 
temporary moderator of the Cameronian and Park Avenue 
Churches. 

7. Dissolved the pastoral relation between Rev. George Fletcher 
and the Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman Churches, and author- 
ized a letter of transfer for Mr. Fletcher to Lexington-Ebenezer 
Presbytery. Rev. W. N. Clark was appointed to serve as tempo- 
rary moderator of the Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman Churches. 



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8. Dissolved the pastoral relation between Rev. Bland Dudley and 
the McQuay Memorial Church, and authorized a letter of trans- 
fer for Mr. Dudley to Norfolk Presbytery. 

9. Appointed Rev. Clifford Caldwell to serve as temporary moderator 
of the McGee Church. 

10. Approved Rev. A. Clarke Dean, of Memphis Presbytery, for a 
call to serve as Associate Pastor of the Myers Park Church. 
11. Approved Rev. John R. King, of East Hanover Presbytery, for a 
call to serve as Assistant Pastor of the First Church, Charlotte. 
This call has been extended by the Session of that church. 

12. Authorized the granting of a letter of transfer for Candidate 
Edgar D. Byers to Albemarle Presbytery. 

13. Approved Rev. Leon Anderson, of Central Alabama Presbytery, 
for a call to Amay James Church. This call was declined. 

14. Approved the terms of a call from the Bethlehem Church for the 
services of Rev. Joseph T. Echols, of Meridian Presbytery. This 
call was declined. 

15. Approved the terms of calls from the Wadesboro, Marshville, 
Seigle Avenue and Myers Park Churches. 

16. Transferred the sum of $162.37, from the Morris Field Church, 
to the Home Mission Committee of Mecklenburg Presbytery. Also 
voted to transfer some church equipment, which was the property 
of the Morris Field Church, to the Home Mission Committee. 

17. Invited the Executive Secretary to sit as an advisory member of 
the Commission. 

18. Approved Rev. McKinley Cochran, Jr., of the U. S. A. Presby- 
terian Church, for a call to serve as Pastor of the Amay James 
Church. This action was taken by a unanimous action of the 
Commission, each member being contacted over the telephone by 
the chairman. 

Respectfully submitted for the Commission, 
Henry S. Robinson, Chairman 

A call for the services of Rev. W. T. Taylor as pastor of 
the South Tryon Street Presbyterian Church was received. 
On the motion that it be found in order and placed in his 
hands, it was accepted by the Rev. Mr. Taylor. 

Report of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To install Rev. James E. Fogartie. 

The Commission to install Rev. James E. Fogartie as pastor of 
Myers Park Presbyterian Church met in the Church on February 12, 
1956. Dr. Warner L. Hall was elected chairman. Dr. Herbert Carson 
opened the meeting with prayer. Those present were Dr. Warner Hall, 
Dr. Herbert Carson, Dr. L. I. Stell, Dr. E. L. Stoffel; Ruling Elders 
Hamilton McKay, C. W. Gilchrist, Rev. S. W. Inman, Rev. Arthur 
Fogartie, and Rev. James E. Fogartie. Dr. Lee Stoffel was elected 
clerk. 



47 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



The Commission proceeded to install Rev. James E. Fo^artie. Rev. 
Arthur Fogartie, the father of the minister-elect, preached the sermon. 
Dr. Warner Hall presided and propounded the constitutional questions. 
Dr. Stell charged the pastor. Dr. Stoffel charged the congregation. Dr. 
Carson led the installation prayer. The Rev. Mr. James E. Fogartie 
pronounced the benediction. 

Rev. Arthur Fogartie requested that his appreciation be expressed 
to Presbytery for the opportunity of preaching the sermon and par- 
ticipating in the occasion. The minutes of the Commission were read 
and approved. The commission adjourned with prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 
E. L. Stoffel 

2. To install Rev. W. T. Taylor. 

The Commission to install Rev. W. T. Taylor met at the South Tryon 
Street Presbyterian Church on February 5, 1956 at 7:20 P.M. Rev. 
R. H. Stone opened the meeting with prayer and Mr. John A. Tate, Jr. 
was elected secretary. All of the Commission members were present 
including the following: Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. J. E. Fogartie, Rev. 
W. F. Mitchell, Dr. Lawrence L Stell, Messrs. Rufus A. Grier, John A. 
Tate, Jr. 

At 7:30 P.M. the Commission moved into the Sanctuary for the 
evening installation service. Rev. R. H. Stone presided at the service 
and Rev. J. E. Fogartie preached the sermon. Rev. W. F. Mitchell pre- 
sented the charge to the Rev. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Rufus A. Grier the 
charge to the congregation. Dr. Lawrence I. Stell extended greetings 
from the Presbytery, and also gave a prayer after the reading of the 
Scripture by the Rev. Mr. Fogartie. 

The Commission met again immediately following the service to 
approve the minutes of this installation. Dr. Lawrence L Stell closed 
the meeting with prayer. 

John A. Tate, Jr., Secretary 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education made the following report 
which was adopted. 

The Committee is happy to present to the Presbytery two candidates 
who are transferring from other Presbyteries, and who are seeking 
licensure and ordination at this meeting. 

Mr. Melvin Stanyarne Bell is a native of Greenwood, S. C. and is a 
member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood where he served 
as a deacon of that church while carrying on a business career. Mr. 
Bell is a graduate of Erskine College and is a member of the graduating 
class of Union Theological Seminary. The Commission on the minister 
and his work will present to the Presbytery a call for the pastoral serv- 
ices of Mr. Bell at the Seigle Avenue Church. We recommend that he 
be received into the Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry and that 
the Presbytery proceed to examine him for licensure. The required 
written parts of trial have been presented and approved. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 48 



Mr. John Richard Crawford is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Vernon 
A. Crawford former missionaries of our church in Japan and currently 
the Executive Secretary of Augusta-Macon Presbytery. Mr. Crawford 
was born in Japan. He is a graduate of King College, Bristol, Tenn. and 
is a member of the Senior class at Union Theological Seminary. Mr. 
Crawford is asking to be ordained as an evangelist in order that he 
might pursue graduate study in Scotland where he expects to go in the 
fall. He is transferring to Mecklenburg Presbytery at the present 
time as he is to work until he leaves for Scotland in the program of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. We recommend that Mr. Craw- 
ford be received into the Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry 
and that the Presbytery proceed to examine him and ordain him as an 
evangelist. We recommend that this ordination service be set as the 
second order immediately after lunch. The required written parts of 
trial have been submitted and approved. 

We also present to the Presbytery the following men who have felt 
the call to the Gospel ministry and desire to be taken under the care of 
Presbytery as candidates for the ministry: 

Mr. David K. Dunn is a resident of Mecklenburg County and a mem- 
ber of the Mulberry Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of West 
Mecklenburg High School and is a member of the Senior Class at 
Catawba College, Salisbury, N. C. Mr. Dunn expects to enter Union 
Theological Seminary in Richmond in the fall. He is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. David H. Dunn. 

Lt. Kenneth B. Orr is a resident of Charlotte and a member of the 
Westminster Presbyterian Church. Lt. Orr is a graduate of Central 
High School in Charlotte and graduated from Duke University in 1954. 
He is currently serving as a Lieutenant in the Air Force. He expects to 
pursue his theological studies at Union Theological Seminary after the 
completion of his term in the armed forces. He is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank W. Orr of Charlotte. 

Mr. John Roscoe is a resident of Rockingham, N. C. and is a mem- 
ber of the Watson Heights Church of Rockingham. Mr. Roscoe attended 
Wingate Jr. College and spent two years at the Baptist Theological 
Seminary in New Orleans, La. after which he was ordained to the Bap- 
tist ministry and for a time served the Baptist Church in Perdido, Ala. 
In 1951 he gave up the work of the ministry and returned to secular 
employment. He also left the Baptist church and became a member of 
the Watson Heights Church of this Presbytery. The feeling of a call 
to the ministry has returned to Mr. Roscoe and he desires to continue 
his work of preaching in the Presbyterian Church. The request of Mr. 
Roscoe is somewhat out of the ordinary but your committee has made 
a very careful investigation of this case and has had a lengthy con- 
ference with Mr. Roscoe about his future plans and possibilities. We 
recommend to the Presbytery that Mr. Roscoe be examined as a can- 
didate for the ministry and if this examination is satisfactory to the 
Presbytery that he be enrolled with the understanding of the Presbytery 
that he has no immediate plans for the completion of his education to 
bring it up to the standards required by our church but that he be com- 
mended to such churches as might use him in preaching supply work in 
order that his talents may be used in a limited way in the service of the 
church and the proclamation of the Gospel. We have urged him as soon 
as possible, as the way might be clear, to make every effort to secure 



49 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



that training which will fit him more adequately for the Presbyterian 
ministry. Your committee recognizes the difficulties in this case but we 
feel Mr. Roscoe has a sincere call to preach the gospel and that the 
barriers before him are not insurmountable. He will continue to derive 
his principle source of income from secular employment. 

Your committee continues to note with great joy the number and 
quality of the men who are offering their lives for the Gospel Ministry. 
We would urge each minister and church in the Presbytery to be alert 
in interpreting the opportunities for full time Christian service to the 
young people of our Presbytery. 

CANDIDATES EXAMINED FOR LICENSURE AND ORDINA- 
TION — The Committee on Ministerial Education presented the follow- 
ing candidates for licensure and ordination: Mr. Melvin Stanyarne Bell 
and Mr. John R. Crawford. Mr. Bell was received as a Candidate for 
the Gospel Ministry from the Presbytery of South Carolina, and Mr. 
Crawford from the Presbytery of Holston. Being satisfied with the cer- 
tificates of dismissal presented by these two candidates, Presbytery 
moved to the examination of candidates for Licensure and Ordination 
in accordance with the provisions of the Book of Church Order. 

After hearing Mr. Bell preach his sermon on the theme of "Love" 
it was moved that the examination as a whole be sustained. A call for 
the services of Mr. Bell from the Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church 
was presented. A motion was made that his examination for licensure 
be accepted in lieu of ordination and that a commission be appointed to 
install him. 

A motion was made that the examination of Mr. John R. Crav^rford, 
Candidate for Licensure and Ordination be approved thus far, that 
Presbytery hear his sermon after lunch and that it proceed to his 
ordination if the way be clear. 

CANDIDATES RECEIVED— The Committee on Ministerial Educa- 
tion presented the following candidates for the ministry: Mr. David K. 
Dunn, Lt. Kenneth B. Orr, and John Roscoe. Upon the recommendation 
of the Committee, the Presbytery proceeded to their examination in 
accordance with the Book of Church Order. The examination in each 
case was approved as satisfactory and they were received under the 
care of Presbytery as candidates for the Gospel Ministry. 

The Rev. James R. Crook gave a brief charge to the candidates, and 
the Rev. Howard Chadwick led a prayer of dedication for the candidates. 

Recess — After announcement of the various opportunities 
for camping at Camp Stewart during the summer months, 
Presbytery recessed for lunch at 1:00 P.M., being led in 
prayer by the Rev. James R. Crook. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 50 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2:15 P.M. and was led in prayer 
by the Moderator. 

Moderator Nominated — The name of the Rev. Howard 
Chadwick was named as the Moderator-in-Nomination. 

Examination Continued — Presbytery then proceeded to 
hear a sermon by John R. Crawford in fulfillment of a part 
of the examination for his licensure. 

A Motion was made that Mr. Crawford's examination be 
approved as satisfactory and that he be ordained as an Evan- 
gelist. After the Constitutional questions were propounded, 
the Presbytery ordained Mr. Crawford to the Gospel Ministry 
by the laying on the hands of Presbytery. The ordination 
prayer was led by Rev. J. W. Grier. A brief charge was given 
Mr. Crawford by the Rev. Lee Stoffel. 

Minister Received — A letter of dismissal for Rev. Claire 
S. Albright from East Hanover Presbytery was presented 
and found in order. Presbytery proceeded to his examination 
according to the Book of Church Order. The examination was 
approved as a whole and he was enrolled as a member of the 
Presbytery upon the signing of the covenant. 

A Call for the services of Rev. Claire S. Albright from 
the Marshville Church was found in order and was placed m 
his hands and accepted by him. 

A call for Rev. Wylie Hogue from the Wadesboro Church 
was found in order and was placed in Mr. Hogue's hands and 
accepted by him. A commission was appointed to install him. 

Report of New College — Mr. Elmer D. Meadley reported 
that he wished Dr. Warner L. Hall to speak on the question 
of the new consolidated college at Laurinburg. Dr. Lawrence 
Stell spoke to the question as ministerial chairman of Synod's 
financial campaign. 

A motion was made that Presbytery approve the work of 
the consolidated college and commend it fervently to the 
churches. 

Report of Presbytery's Manse and Building Fund — Mr. 

Harvey C. May, Director of the Manse Fund, spoke for ten 



51 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



minutes in interest of and in support of the work of the 
Manse Fund of Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Report on Women's Work — Rev. S. M. Hutchinson pre- 
sented Mrs. Lloyd Ardrey, President of the Women of the 
Church. Mrs. Ardrey asked Mrs. Boyce Hunter, President of 
the Women-of-the-Church for 1955, to present the report. 

The motion was made that it be adopted and admitted to 
the records. 

In 1955 The Women-of-the-Church of Mecklenburg Presbytery served 
the Lord with joy and gladness. 

Ninety-six of the Presbyterian Churches of Mecklenburg Presbytery 
have organized Women-of-the-Church groups. The reports for 1955 
show that these women number 12,618 and that they are showing an 
increased interest in all phases of the church work and an evidence of 
Christian love in their relationships. 

Their personal Christian faith has resulted in an increase in attend- 
ance at meetings of the Women-of-the-Church and at Sunday School. 
More women are studying the Bible and seeking to learn better ways to 
serve. In their own churches they have given countless hours of service 
through vacation Bible Schools, Sunday Schools, church nurseries, meals 
for various church groups, scout work and flowers for their sanctuaries. 
In their communities they have helped in hospitals, in Homes for chil- 
dren and for the aged, the Crittenton Home, in the P.-T.A., Red Cross, 
United Appeals or Community Chests. 

They have helped with the building of a new Negro church and with 
other Negro work. Their White Cross quotas were more than filled 
and money, clothing, and other things were sent overseas. Clothing 
was sent to the mountain missions, Christmas gifts sent to missionaries 
at home and abroad. Contributions were sent to Mission Court, to 
leper work, and to Assembly's Training School to help buy new furnish- 
ings. Much has been done for shut-ins, for college students, and for men 
and women in the armed forces. 

The aim of the local organization is to enlist every woman for Christ 
and to find a place of service for her. An effort is being made to use 
the talents of the younger women. 

During 1955 the Women of Mecklenburg gave $93,548 to benevolences 
and $52,852 to their local churches, a total of $146,400. All this has 
been done in His name and for His sake. 

Marion M. Hunter (Mrs. B. W.) 

Report on Church Extension — Rev. Harold Hayward, 
Chairman of Church Extension, made an oral report for the 
following sub-committees: Christian Relations, Evangelism 
and Home Missions. It was moved that these reports as a 
whole be received as information. The two following recom- 
mendations of the sub-committee on Home Missions were 
adopted as follows: 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 52 

1. We recommend that a quit claim convey deed be given to the 
Trustees of the old Pageland Manse. 

2. That the Trustees of Presbytery convey the deed to the two lots 
of the Manse of the Park Ave. Church to the Church. 

Pastor's Vacations — A motion was made that Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery express itself as recommending one month's 
vacation for all ministers; that this stipulation be incorpo- 
rated in the terms of the original call; that this matter be 
referred to the Commission on the Minister and His Work. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The following report of 
Presbytery's Council was read by Rev. A. Leslie Thompson 
and was adopted. 

Presbytery's Council met April 6, 1956 in the office of the Executive 
Secretary. The Council reviewed the Audit of the fund of Presbytery's 
Office. Also, heard a request from the Committee on Christian Educa- 
tion concerning funds for next year. A sub-committee on stewardship 
was appointed composed of the following: Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, Chm., 
Rev. James R. Crook, Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, and 
Elder C. G. Sellers. 

The Council makes the following recommendations to Presbytery: 
1. That Presbytery instruct the Trustees of Presbytery to prepare 

a complete annual inventory of the assets owned by the Presbytery and 

formal records to be kept thereof. 

. 2. That an ad-interim committee be appointed as follows to study 
the question of when to give the deed of property to an organized 
church: Rev. J. E. Fogartie, Chm., Rev. Warner Hall, Messrs. Frank 
Orr, David Craig and R. S. Hutchison. 

CANDIDATE RECEIVED— The Committee on Ministerial Education 
presented Mr. H. Howard Smith, a member of Myers Park Church, as 
a candidate for the Ministry. Upon the recommendation of the Com- 
mittee, Presbytery proceeded to his examination in accordance with the 
provisions of the Book of Church Order. The examination was approved 
as satisfactory and he was received under the care of Presbytery. The 
Moderator asked the constitutional questions and Rev. J. E. Fogartie 
delivered the charge and led in prayer. 

Report of Committee on Installations — The Committee on 
Installations made the following report which was adopted. 

In compliance with the requests of the men to be installed and or- 
dained by the Presbytery in the near future the following recommenda- 
tions were made: 

1. The following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to ordain 
and install Mr. Melvin Stanyarne Bell as Pastor of the Seigle Ave. 
Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 3, 1956 at 8:00 P.M.: Rev. Sam 
Inman to preside and propound the constitutional questions; Rev. R. H. 
Stone to charge the pastor; Rev. C. M. Boyd to charge the congregation; 
the Rev. R. C. Long to preach the sermon; Elders Roy E. Doster and 
Samuel Schulken, Sr. 



53 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



2. The following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to in- 
stall the Rev. S. Wylie Hogue as pastor of the Wadesboro Church on 
Sunday, May 13th, 1956 at 8:00 P.M.: Rev. Roswell C. Long, Moderator, 
to propound constitutional questions; Rev. Ed A. McLeod to charge the 
pastor; Rev. Carl Miller; Rev. A. Douglas McArn, Congaree Presbytery, 
to preach the sermon; Elders E. J. B. Kuykendall to charge the con- 
gregation; Alternates: The Rev. James Doom and Elder M. C. McLeod. 

3. The following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to install 
the Rev. Claire S. Albright as Pastor of the Marshville Presbyterian 
Church Sunday, June 24, 1956 at 7:30 P.M.: Rev. R. H. Stone to 
moderate and propound the questions; Rev. Ernest Lee Stoffel to preach 
the sermon; Rev. Tom McLean to charge the Congregation and Elder 
J. N. Stribling to charge the minister; Alternates: Rev. Roy E. Hoke, 
Elder C. A. Bolt. 

4. That a quorum of the Commission 1 above be three Ministers and 
one Elder. 

5. That a quorum of Commissions in 2 and 3 above be two Ministers 
and one Elder. 

Report of Committee on Resolutions — The Committee on 
Resolutions presented its report expressing Presbytery's 
gratitude to the Pastor and congregation of Bethel Church 
for the day. The report was adopted and the clerk instructed 
to send a copy of the resolutions to the Session. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg, meeting in its 212th Stated Session 
at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, N. C, April 17, 1956 
would express to the pastor, the Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr., to the Session 
of the Bethel Church, and to the ladies of the congregation its grati- 
tude for their Christian concern for the needs of the members of the 
Presbytery and the effective measures which they have taken to meet 
those needs. 

The Presbytery would express its particular thanks for the luncheon 
served to the members of the court. The meal gave ample testimony 
to the artistic skill with which it had been prepared. 

The Presbytery commends the officers and members of the Bethel 
Church for the manifest care which has been expended upon the build- 
ings and grounds of the church. It rejoices in the evident testimonies 
of the progress made by the Bethel Church. It would assure the church 
of its prayer that God would continue to bless every endeavor under- 
taken in Christ's name. 

The Presbytery directs that a copy of this paper be sent to the 
session of the Bethel Church that they may be informed of the gratitude 
and good will of Presbytery. 

Report of Nominating Committee^ — The Nominating Com- 
mittee recommended the nomination of Rev. Malcolm William- 
son as Stated Clerk to succeed Rev. Fred Debele. The motion 
was made that the Presbytery elect Mr. Williamson, effective 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 54 



June 1, 1956. Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson was also named to 
fill out the unexpired term of Rev. Fred Debele, Jr. on the 
Nominations Committee. 



"CONSOLIDATED COLLEGE" 

As the fourth order of the day after Lunch, Mr. Elmer D. 
Meadley presented Dr. Warner L. Hall who spoke on behalf 
of the forthcoming campaign for funds for the new Consoli- 
dated College at Laurinburg. Presbytery then heard Dr. 
Lawrence L Stell, who is the Minister Chairman for Synod's 
Drive for funds for the new college. Dr. Harold Dudley, Ex- 
ecutive Secretary and Stated Clerk of the Synod, presented 
the Honourable Voigt Gilmore, General Chairman of Synod's 
Financial Campaign for the new college to be located and 
built at Laurinburg, who spoke briefly but very effectively 
on the projected campaign for funds. 

An announcement was made relative to a meeting at 
Covenant Church Sunday, April 22nd, at 3:00 P.M. in interest 
of the financial drive for the new college at Laurinburg. 

Place of Next Meeting — Dr. R. E. Young invited Presby- 
tery to meet with the Pleasant Hill Church at its July meet- 
ing. An invitation was also extended by the Rev. L. I. Stell 
on behalf of the Trinity Church. Presbytery voted to accept 
the invitation of the Pleasant Hill Church for its summer 
session in July. 

The minutes were read and adopted. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by Rev. F. C. 
Debele, Jr. to meet at Pleasant Hill Church, at 9:00 A.M., 
July 24, 1956. 

R. C. Long, Moderator 

F. C. Debele, Jr., Stated Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



INDEX 

Page 

Afternoon Session 50 

Candidate Received 52 

Candidates Received 49 

Church Extension Report 51 

Commission Reports 46, 47 

Committee on Arrangements 42 

Communications 43, 44 

Consolidated College 54 

Docket 42, 43 

History 39, 40, 41 

Installations 52, 53 

Manse Building Fund Report 50 

Meetings of Presbytery Back Page 

Minister and His Work Report 45, 46 

Minister Received 50 

Ministerial Education Report 47, 48, 49 

Moderator Elected 42 

Moderator-Nominee 50 

Nominating Committee Report 53 

Opening Exercises 39 

Pastoral Relations Dissolved 44, 45 

Pastor's Vacations 52 

Presbytery's Council Report 52 

Resolutions 53 

Roll Call 41, 42 

Standing Committees 43 

Time and Place of Next Meeting 54 

Women's Work Report 51 





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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 



Called Meeting 

Myers Park Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

June 15, 1956 

21Sth Stated Meeting 

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church 

Pineville, N. C. 

July 24, 1956 

214th Stated Meeting 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 18, 1956 

Next Stated Meeting 

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

January 15, 1957 



MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume I Number 5 



Called Meeting 

Myers Park Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

June 15, 1956 



21Sth Stated Meeting 

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church 

Pineville, N. C. 

July 24, 1956 



214th Stated Meeting 

Camp Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 18, 1956 



Next Stated Meeting 

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

January 15, 1957 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 

(f) Christian Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 

SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 

(d) Nominations 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9:00 A.M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DIRECTORY 

OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Moderator of Summer Meeting 

Mr. Joe W. McLaney, Moderator of Fall Meeting 

Rev. M. R. Williamson, Stated Clerk (1958) 

Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 

Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1959) 

Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1959) 

TRUSTEES 

Davidson College — Elected for Four Years: 

1959— Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 
1960— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 

Presbytery — 

1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 

1958 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Charlotte, N. C, Chairman 

1959— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte, N. C. 

COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. H. S. Robinson 

1957— Rev. F. S. Johnston, Rev. W. L. Hall, Mr. R. L. Puckett 
1958— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. C. A. Hunter 
1959— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Sr., Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. 
Mr. Jones Y. Pharr. 

COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 
Sub Committee on World Missions 
1957— Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 
1958— Rev. F. C. Pratt 
1959— Rev. W. M. Walsh 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief — 

1957— Mr. Gregory Sutcliffe 

1958— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1959— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work — 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 
1958— Rev. S. A. Ritchie 
1959— Mr. R. A. Grier 

Sub Committee on General Fund Agencies — 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson 

1958— Mr. T. M. Earnhardt, Chairman 



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Church Extension: 

Chairman — Rev. E. Lee Stoffel 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations — 

1957— Mr. Legette Blythe, Chairman 

1958— Rev. C. H. Rowan 

1959— Rev. W. E. Lytch 

Sub Committee on Evangelism — 

1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Chairman, Mr. McAIister Carson 

1958— Rev. H. M. Jefferson, Mr. T. M. Glasgow 

1959— Rev. I. H. Chadwick 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1957— Rev. T. W. Maclean 

1958— Rev. J. S. Garner 

1959— Mr. J. R. Covington, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Home Mission — 

1957 — Rev. Robert Turner, Chairman, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. R. F. 

Whitley 
1958— Rev. E. L. Stoffel, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. Beaumert Whitton 
1959— Rev. W. M. Cooper, Rev. A. C. Dean, Mr. N. G. Speir 

Educalion: 

Chairman— Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions — 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman, Mr. W. H. Barnhardt 

1958— Rev. W. G. Workman, Mr. R. V. Mason 

1959— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life — 

1957— Mr. Frank Orr 

1958— Rev. L. I. Stell 

1959— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Ex-Officio— The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 

1958— Rev. Ben Moore, Rev. R. A. Young, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

1959— Rev. E. L. Stoffel, Rev. C. S. Miller, Mr. J. B. Kuykendall 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. S. M. Inman 

1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. H. C. Alexander, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1958— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. W. H. Johnson, 

Mr. S. H. McCall, Jr. 
1959— Rev. S. M. Inman, Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. John C. Otts 

Homes: 

Chairman— Mr. J. B. Watt 

1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. Jas. D. Sherwood, Mr. J. B. Watt 

1958— Rev. W. F. Mitchell, Rev. M. R. Williamson, 

Mr. Plato Davenport 
1959— Rev. G. E. Dixon, Rev. C. G. Pepper, Mr. C. A. Dunn 



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Nominations: 

Chairman — Rev. I. Howard Chadwick 

1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 
1958— Rev. W. T. Smith, Rev. M. R. WiUiamson, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 
1959— Rev. I, Howard Chadwick, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr. Lewis Rose 

Christian Education: 

Chairman — Rev. J. R. Crook 

1957— Rev. J. R. Crook, Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. T. P. Graham 
Ex-Officio-Pres. of S.S.S. Asso.— Mr. Alex McMillan 
Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. J. R. Nesbit 
Pres. Men of PVesbytery — Mr. Horace McCall 
Pres. Youth Fellowship — Mr. Ken McKinnell 
1958— Rev. F. C. Holder, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Mr. H. D. Niven 
1959— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. J. E. Fogartie, Mr. G. C. McCall 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 





ROLL OF MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


55. 


Ira. H. Rawles 


2. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


56. 


Lawrence I. SteU, D. D. 


3. 


M. E. Peabody 


57. 


J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 


4. 


W. H. Johnston 


58. 


M. G. Lyerly 


5. 


J. C. McGehee 


59. 


R. W. Rayburn 


6. 


B. Frank Yandell 


60. 


W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


7. 


W. C. Copeland 


61. 


W. M. Boyce, D.D. 


8. 


J. C. Grier 


62. 


Russell M. Kerr 


9. 


T. R. Alexander 


63. 


C. H. McLean 


10. 


A. T. Taylor 


64. 


J. B. Reaves 


11. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


65. 


Stewart W. Yandle 


12. 


W. B. Neill 


66. 


J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


13. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


67. 


B. F. Ferguson 


14. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


68. 


James R. Crook 


15. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


69. 


Sheldon A. Koesy 


16. 


A. L. Roberts 


70. 


J. S. Garner 


17. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


71. 


S. Wylie Hogue 


18. 


W. T. Smith 


72. 


W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 


19. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


73. 


C. McD. Coffey 


20. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


74. 


I. Howard Chadwick 


21. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


75. 


W. S. Boyce 


22. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


76. 


Robert Turner 


23. 


Sam M. Inman 


77. 


Andrew A. Allen 


24. 


J. O. Mann, D.D. 


78. 


Dwight L. Barker 


25. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


79. 


Richard V. Colen 


26. 


Jonas Barclay 


80. 


W. F. MitcheU 


27. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


81. 


W. T. Taylor 


28. 


F. S. Johnston 


82. 


Fred C. Holder 


29. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


83. 


C. D. CaldweU 


30. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


84. 


Hugh M. Jefferson 


31. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


85. 


M. R. Williamson 


32. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


86. 


E. L. Stoffel, Th.D. 


33. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


87. 


J. L. Doom 


34. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


88. 


T. Duke Williams 


35. 


T. W. MacLean 


89. 


W. E. Lytch 


36. 


Homer A. Spencer 


90. 


Leighton S. Ford 


37. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


91. 


J. S. McClure 


38. 


Henry S. Robinson 


92. 


W. N. Clark 


39. 


S. M. Hutchison 


93. 


W. D. Lively 


40. 


C. H. Rowan 


94. 


S. A. Ritchie 


41. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


95. 


G. E. Dixon 


42. 


D. S. Chalabie 


96. 


E. A. McLeod 


43. 


H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


97. 


C. G. Pepper 


44. 


Carl S. Miller 


98. 


O. W. Perrell 


45. 


Ben F. Moore 


99. 


J. E. Fogartie, 


46. 


Watt M. Cooper 


100. 


C. S. Albright 


47. 


H. V. Carson, D.D. 


101. 


John R. Crawford 


48. 


Harold D. Hayward, Ph.D. 


102. 


M. S. BeU 


49. 


W. J. Huneycutt 


103. 


A. Clarke Dean 


50. 


Samuel H. Zealy 


104. 


Hoyt Evans 


51. 


W. B. McSwain 


105. 


John King 


52. 


Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 


106. 


James B. Reaves 


53. 


D. E. Wilkinson 


107. 


James B. Sherwood 


54. 


E. B. Cooper 


108. 


M. A. Cochrane, Jr. 






109. 


James E. Ratchford 



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ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Albemarle First H. P, Morrow 

125 S. 5th St. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. A. Lowery 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin 

504 E. Boundry 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity J. C. Kuck 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. 

Avondale L. H. Meacham 

2804 Avondale Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin F. L. Marby 

Badin, N. C. 

Banks Sam Kell, Jr. 

Box 206 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

Belk P. S. Snipes 

1011 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Benton Heights Jack Morrison 

601 Hough St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

Welch Ave. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 7, Box 322, 
Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole 

Biscoe, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason 

811 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 
Albemarle, N. C. 

C. O. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Odus Doster 
Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Sarah Reid 
Rt. 4, Box 332 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Bill Sigmon 
C.4804 Doris Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

W. R. Caudle 
4316 Park Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

S. E. Beck 
Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr. 
Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Glenn A. Roberts 
1309 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Neal Tucker 
1108 Cherry St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 
Davidson, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 7, Box 322 
Monroe, N. C. 

R. L. Long 

Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

C. R. Lawrance 
Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

R. H. Crockford 
1301 Aylesford Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Camden D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildreth 

Rt. 3 Rt. 3 

Wadesboro, N, C. Wadesboro, N. C. 

Cameronian B. Lee McNeely Hollis Gillis 

Rt. 3 106 Asington 

Rockingham, N. C. Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield James Major 

2418 Remount Road 4718 Longwood Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. K. A. McLeod 

Candor, N. C. Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek. R. R. Grier C. F. Blackwelder 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C.Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First T. P. Graham W. N.Ward 

815 Lamar Ave. 202 W. Trade St. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton L. O. Stikeleather 

Rt. 3 4109 York Road 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Commonwealth W. E. Arnett H. B. Carter 

4831 Elder Ave. 1431 Cyrus Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Cooks Memorial John T. McClure D. A. McClure 

Rt. 6, Box 415-C Rt. 6, Box 797-J 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius R. W. Goodrum J. E. Baxter 

Box 41 Cornelius, N. C. 
Cornelius, N. C. 

Covenant T. M. Earnhardt, Jr. W. A. Montgomery 

Box 2176 1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Eastminster C. E. Reneau W. A. Sholin 

2217 Bay St. 3315 Washburn Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

East Monroe Grady Williams Gene Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Route 1 

Wingate, N. C. 

Ellerbe First W. S. McRae R. W. Carriker 

Ellerbe, N. C. Ellerbe, N. C. 

Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan E.L.Nance 

1533 N. Independence Rt. 3, Box 438 

Blvd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Hamlet First S. O. Bauersfeld D. K. McNair 

406 Entwistle St. 701 Rollins Ave. 

Hamlet, N. C. Hamlet, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C 

Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Huntersville E. F. Kumm 

Box 115 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Indian Trail E. J. Stinson 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell 

Locust, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham 

Rt. 7, Box 612 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. O. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville F. C. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C, 

Marston „ A. W. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. O. Alexander 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C, 

McGee R. H. Beatty 

207 N. Cloudman St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial J. B. Howard 

622 TiUman Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison 

Wadesboro Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Morven W. E. Stegall 

Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Caimel M. Lee Mclnnis 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 
Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



J. Mike Dwyer 
Huntersville, N. C. 

J. W. Morgan 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 

M. E. Smith 
Locust, N. C. 

Daniel J. McCaskill 
Rt. 1, Candor, N. C. 

K. L. Christenbury 
Rt. 1 
Harrisburg, N. C. 

H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mrs. R. S. Hargett 
Marshville, N. C. 

W. D. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Eugene Yandell 
Matthews, N. C. 

Leroy Lakey 
Rt. 6, Box 797-R 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. McCaskille, Jr. 
Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

J. L. Neely 
1218 Bigham St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

G. W. Davis 
1114 Bragg St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

V. L. Wall, Jr. 
Morven, N. C. 

J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
Mulberry F. L. Marshall 

624 S. Summit Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Nevin Ralph Button 

C.M.R. 544, Box 830 

Charlotte, N. C. 
New Salem... O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. 
Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 
Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 
North Charlotte Joe W. Hardison 

1732 Academy St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 
Oakboro E. O. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. 
Pageland H. H. Houston 

Pageland, S. C. 
Park Avenue R. Lamar Smith 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. 
Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. 
Philadelphia E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews, N. 
Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 
Plaza J. D. McCluer 

422 Richmond Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 3, Pineville, N. C 

Providence Jas A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. 
Ramah J. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 
Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 



Treasurer 

R. L. Martin 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. T. Springs 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 

C.M.R. 544, Box 660 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 
C.Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Hayden Roberts 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

John Gallimore 

Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 

912 Anderson St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Ussery 

Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 
C.Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Alger Douglas 

Pageland, S. C. 

C. W. Johnson 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 

E. B. Johnston 
C.Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Mrs. C. W. Ussery 
C.Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. M. Lonon 
C.Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Robt. C. Hair 

Pineville, N. C. 

J. M. Dew 

1210 Aylesford Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

A. M. Thompson 
, Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

N. C. Grier 
C.Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 

C. D. Bradford 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Rourk H. P. Shaw 

Route 3 
Rockingham, N. C. 

St. Paul M. G. Yarbrough 

3126 Airlie St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Salem Leonard Tice 

Rt. 1, Marshville, N. C. 

Sardis C. R. Hutchison 

Box 1302 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Seigle Avenue Ray L. Gardner 

1728 Berryhill Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Selwyn Avenue Edwin L. Dean 

211 Brandy wine Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 2, Box 942 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Siler LW. Keels 

Rt. 6, Monroe, N. C. 

Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Smallwood R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

South Park George Midgett 

3614 Eastway Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

South Tryon Street Curtis Parker 

2420 S. Tryon St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Steele Creek Mack P. Brown 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 
Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 

Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 

J. C. Duhn 

4222 Hickory Grove Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. W. Henderson 

Box 358 

Rockingham, N. C. 

Lester M. Smith 
Cordova, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Joe Kiker 
Pageland, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 
C.M.R., Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

James H. Knight 
2601 Plaza 
Charlotte, N. C. 

C. E. Elrod 

2921 Westfield Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. T. Stanford 
Rt. 2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. MiU, S. C. 

W. M. Ratteree 

114 N, Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Homer Rothrock 
400 Hartford Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marshall Caldwell 
605 E. 6th St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Robert O. Byrum 
Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. 

Barna Allen 
Box 83 
Star, N. C. 



C. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Stephenson W. M. Pressley 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek W. Parks Wilson 

Rt. 11 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills Charles C. Harkins 

605 Magnolia Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Tenth Avenue J. Clarence Brumley 

2229 E. 5th Street 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity Harold K. Couch 

Rt. 2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. 

Troy, N. C. 
Turner D. E. Glenn 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Unionville J. V. Mullis 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Wadesboro F. P. Boylin 

Wadesboro, N. C. 

Walkersville C. L. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Watson Heights Marvin McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet 

Box 217 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue S. M. Cathey 

112 N. Sycamore St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster C. G. Sellers 

327 Sardis Rd. Circle 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Westover Hills Alex M. Johnson 

2901 Mayflower Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Williams Memorial .. R. L. Puckett 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

Wilmore R. M. Stevenson 

3000 Sommerset Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. 

James A. Barrus 
1326 Brook Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Hope 

619 Magnolia Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. W. Parnell, Jr. 
1652 Merry Oakes Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

M. H. Cathey 
403 Wabash Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

N. F. Williamson 
2114 Dilworth Rd., E. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

G. M. Moore 
Troy, N. C. 

C. H. Biggers 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 
Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

J. W. Scarboro 
Wadesboro, N. C. 

Knox R. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

D. A. McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. 

B. E. Hudson 
Waxhaw, N. C. 

Paul L. Cobb 
621 Walnut Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

L. M. Morrison 
1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 

1220 Princeton Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

E. L. McConnell 

Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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Called Meeting 

of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Myers Park Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
June 15, 1956 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met at the Myers Park 
Presbyterian Church June 15, 1956 at eleven o'clock in response 
to a request for a called meeting. The call for the meeting was 
read by the Stated Clerk, Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson, and was 
as follows: 

1. To receive the Rev. A. Clarke Dean, D.D. and to appoint a Com- 
mission to install him as Associate Minister of the Myers Park 
Presbyterian Church. 

2. To receive the Rev. John R. King. 

3. To receive the Rev. M. A. Cochrane and to appoint a Com- 
mission to install him as pastor of the Amay James Presbyterian 
Church. 

4. To act on the request of the McQuay Memorial and St. Andrews 
Presbyterian Churches to unite and transact any business arising 
from or pursuant to the merger. 

The call for the meeting was signed by the following Minis- 
ters and Ruling Elders: Rev. R. H. Stone, Rev. Warner L. Hall, 
Rev. W. M. Walsh, and Ruling Elders J. C. Reid, and J. W. 
Craig, Jr. 

The Moderator, Rev. Roswell C. Long, stated the reasons 
for the called meeting. Presbytery found the call in order. 
The meeting was then opened by a prayer led by the Mod- 
erator. 

The Roll — The following were present: 

Ministers— Claire S. Albright, W. M. Boyce, W. M. Boyce, Jr., W. S. 
Boyce, Clifford D. Caldwell, M. A. Cochrane, Jr., A. Clarke Dean, 
Howard Chadwick, James C. Fogartie, Warner L. Hall, S. Wylie Hogue, 
Jr., F. S. Johnston, John R. King, Roswell Long, W. F. Mitchell, 
Charles G. McClure, Edward A. McLeod, Thomas W. MacLean, Henry 
S. Robinson, Robert W. Rayburn, E. L. Stoffel, R. H. Stone, Robert 
Turner, W. M. Walsh, Malcolm R. Williamson, Sam H. Zealy.— 27. 



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Ruling Elders — J. C. Burn, Camden; E. Fred McPhail, Myers Park; 
J. L. Nance, St, Paul; C. G. Sellers, Westminster; James N. Porter, Sr., 
Sugaw Creek; Fred Barnette, Selwyn Avenue; R. Fred Dunn, Sardis; 
J. W. Craig, Jr., St. Andrews; McQuay Memorial; Wilburn B. Brown, 
Commonwealth; J. C. Reid, Jr., McQuay Memorial; Bill Clark, Mt. 
Gilead.— 11. 

A request from Rev. James A. Jones asking that his 
absence be excused was granted. 

The items on the docket were again read. A motion pre- 
vailed that the three ministers to be examined be examined 
together and then received if approved. 

Examinalion of Ministers — Letters of transfer were 
presented as follows: for Rev. A. Clarke Dean from Memphis 
Presbytery, for Rev. John R. King from East Hanover Pres- 
bytery, and for Rev. McKinley A. Cochrane from Catawba 
Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. A motion was made 
that these transfers be found in order and that Presbytery pro- 
ceed to their examination according to the Book of Church 
Order. 

The Moderator conducted the examination of the brethren 
in experimental religion. Rev. Henry Robinson examined in the 
field of theology, and Rev. Warner L. Hall in the fields of 
Church government and the Sacraments. Presbytery then 
voted to sustain the examination as a whole. Rev. Henry S. Rob- 
inson as Chairman of the Commission of the Minister and His 
Work made a statement regarding the credentials of the minis- 
ters received. 

The terms of the call for Rev. A. Clarke Dean as Associate 
Minister of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church, as read, were 
as follows: An annual salary of $6600, participation in the Min- 
isters^ Annuity Fund, Manse, and one month's vacation. A 
motion was made that the call be found in order and that it be 
placed in the hands of the Rev. Mr. Deane. He stated that he 
would accept. 

The terms of the call for the services of Rev. McKinley A. 
Cochrane as Pastor of the Amay James Presbyterian Church 
as read, was as follows: the Church to pay $600, with the Home 
Missions Committee paying $3200, Manse, participation in the 
Ministers' Annuity Fund. A motion was then made that the 
call be approved subject to writing in provision for a month's 
vacation for the Pastor. 



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Rev. E. Lee Stoffel reported that the Session of the First 
Presbyterian Church had called Rev. John R. King as Assistant 
Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, and that Sunday, 
June 17, 1956, 11 A.M. had been set as a time for his installation 
to that position. 

Installations — The request for the installation of Rev. A. 
Clarke Dean as Associate Minister, Myers Park Church, Sun- 
day, June 17, 1956 at 8:45 A.M. was as follows: 

Rev. James E. Fogartie — to Preside and Propound the 

Constitutional Questions 
Rev. Lawrence I. Stell — to preach the Sermon. 
Rev. James R. Crook — to charge the Congregation. 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson — to charge the Minister. 
Ruling Elders H. H. Everett and Philip F. Howerton to complete 

the Commission. 

The request was granted. 

A request for a Commission to install Rev. McKinley A. 
Cochrane as Pastor of the Amay James Church on Sunday, 
June 17, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. was as follows: 

Rev. W. T. Taylor — to Preach the sermon. 
Rev. Robert Turner — to Charge the Congregation. 
Ruling Elder Beaumert Whitten to charge the Pastor. 
The Hom.e Mission Committee, with Mr. Rufus A. Grier as 
Chairman, to complete the Commission. 

The request was approved as outlined above. 



PROPOSED MERGER OF ST. ANDREWS and 
McQUAY MEMORIAL CHURCHES 

The request of the McQuay Memorial and St. Andrews 
Presbyterian Churches to unite as congregations was presented 
by Ruling Elder J. W. Craig of the St. Andrews congregation. 
Mr. Craig reported that a petition asking for a merger of the 
two congregations had received a majority vote by both con- 
gregations. After a report of favorable action by both con- 
gregations and a report by Rev. R. H. Stone ft)r the Sub-com- 
mittee Committee on Location and Relocation of Churches of 
the Home Missions Committee that it also approved the pro- 
posed merger, a motion was made that Presbytery approve the 
union of the two churches. 



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Through its Chairman, Rev. Henry S. Robinson, it was re- 
ported that the Commission on the Minister and His Work had 
approved the proposed call of the merged congregations for the 
services of Rev. Clifford Caldwell, now pastor of the St. 
Andrews Church. A motion was made that any matters pur- 
suant to the calling of the Pastor for the merging congregations 
be placed in the hands of the Commission of the Minister and 
His Work. 

The minutes were read and adopted. Presbytery voted to 
adjourn and was led in prayer by Rev. McKinley A. Cochrane. 



Roswell C. Long, Moderator 

M. R. Williamson, Stated Clerk 

R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 

A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk ,. ^ ^ 



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INDEX 

Called Meeting 

Organization of Presbytery Page 13 

Roll of Ministers and Elders Pages 13-14 

Examination of Ministers Page 14 

Installations Set Page 15 

Merging of Churches Page 15 

Commission on Minister and His Work Report Page 16 

Adjournment Page 16 



18 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Two Hundred Thirteenth 

Stated Meeting of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
July 24, 1956 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Stated Summer 
Session at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, 
N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. Rev. R. A. Young, host Pastor, 
presided at the opening worship. The retiring Moderator, Rev. 
Roswell C. Long, preached the opening sermon based on 
Ephesians 4:8 entitled "The Ascension." Presbytery was opened 
by a prayer led by the Moderator. 

History — The following history of the Pleasant Hill Pres- 
byterian Church was read by Mrs. C. D. Armstrong. It was 
moved that the history of the church be admitted to the record 
and that Presbytery engage in prayer for the blessing and 
guidance of God, as the Pleasant Hill Church looks forward 
to becoming a self-supporting church for the first time. The 
prayer was led by the Rev. A. Leslie Thompson. 

A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF PLEASANT HILL 
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1836-1956 

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church is located in the southwest 
portion of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, on the Charlotte-York 
highway on a little hill in a natural grove of trees. 

In 1836 when Rev. Samuel L. Watson was pastor of Steel Creek 
Church, the people of this, the lower section of the territory covered 
by his pastorate, feeling it was almost impossible for them to regularly 
attend services at Steel Creek, applied to Concord Presbytery to be 
set off as a separate organization, to be known as Pleasant Hill Pres- 
byterian Church. 

Their petition was granted, and on November 15, 1836, Rev. Mr. 
Watson organized the church, consisting of 42 members. 

A plot of land, as a site for the church, consisting of nine acres, 
was secured by gift from Alpheus S. King, one of the charter members. 



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The members then proceeded to build their first house of worship, 
a modest frame building, styled in the architecture of a hundred years 
ago. 

Evidently the new church was not long in building, for the 
records tell us that the church was organized November, 1836, and 
that on June 4, 1837, the church was dedicated as a house of worship. 

A section of the nine acres secured for the church surroundings, 
was reserved as a burial ground. A rock wall enclosed the first 
cemetery, and when some years later it was found necessary to en- 
large the cemetery, wire fencing was procured and the extra space 
added. 

Pleasant Hill and Steel Creek remained in the same pastoral 
charge for a period of 43 years, from 1836-1879. Pleasant Hill had 
services each third Sunday, the people worshipping with Steel Creek 
congregation when there were no services at their own church. 

In October, 1879, Steel Creek Church felt that she was able to have 
a pastor for full time, so the bond between the two churches was 
severed, and Pleasant Hill was left to find some other church with 
which to unite for part time services as she was unable to support a 
pastor for full time. 

Finally, in January, 1880, Pleasant Hill was successful in uniting 
with the Fort Mill, South Carolina, church, and for a period of two 
years these two churches were under the pastorate of Rev. F. L. 
Leeper; this, of course, could not be a satisfactory arrangement as the 
churches were not in the same Presbytery. 

After the resignation of Mr. Leeper, in January, 1882, the church 
was again left vacant. 

With due deliberations, conferring with Pineville church, and 
with consent of Presbytery, these two churches, Pleasant Hill and 
Pineville were grouped together. This grouping was most effective, 
Pleasant Hill now being able to have services for one half of the time. 

In August, 1903, during a congregational meeting, a committee was 
named to take into consideration the repairing of the church or the 
building of a new one. This committee was authorized to present plans 
and specifications for the consideration of the congregation. These 
plans having been accepted, the committee, with the congregation 
complying, went to work with willing hearts and hands to build a new 
church. Although none of them had much to give in worldly store, they 
were willing to give in labor, so they proceeded with the erection of 
the second church building at Pleasant Hill. This building which was 
dedicated on June 11, 1905, is the present building. 

During Rev. H. R. Borth wick's ministry, in September, 1907, the 
Mecklenburg Presbytery convened at Pleasant Hill for the first time 
during its existance. Until today this was the only time that Presbytery 
had met at Pleasant Hill Church. 

In July, 1910, Mr. Borthwick offered his resignation as pastor of 
the church and for an interval of nearly two years, the church was 
without a regular pastor. During this interval. Central Steel Creek, an 
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, made application to Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery to be received into that body. The church trans- 
ferred by request and in July, 1911, became a member of Presbytery, 



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and plans were made to group these two churches, Pleasant Hill and 
Central, under the same pastorate. 

Rev. C. W. McCully, of Alabama, was invited to hold meetings at 
the two churches, with a view to call, and on June 12, 1912, Mr. Mc- 
Cully began his pastorate of these two churches. It was during his 
pastorate that the church reached her peak in spiritual activity, mem- 
bership and in financial disbursements. A Sunday School room was 
added during his stay, and the Sunday School enrollment was the 
largest m the history of the church. Mr. McCully served the churches 
until November 19, 1919. 

On March 21, 1920, a congregational meeting was held, and Rev. 
R. W. Culbertson was unanimously called to the pastorate of the 
church and in April, 1920, he began his work which lasted through a 
period of 11 years. During his ministry, the Southern Power Company 
having bought most of the land bordering on the Catawba River, a 
great many of the members of Pleasant Hill were forced to seek other 
places to live, so the membership of the church was very much de- 
pleted. 

After the resignation of Mr. Culbertson in February, 1930, the 
church was vacant for nearly a year, the pulpit being filled by various 
supplies. On December 6, 1931, a congregational meeting was held, at 
which time Dr. R. A. Young, of Troy, Alabama, was unanimously 
called to the pastorate of the church. He accepted the call and began 
his pastoral services in February, 1932. 

1936 was a memorable year at Pleasant Hill for it was at this 
time that the Centennial Celebration was held. On the day of cele- 
bration, August 29, 1936, members, friends, and loved ones came to 
pay their respect and express their well wishes. The morning and 
afternoon addresses were made by Rev. J. T. Wade and Rev. Howard 
Wilson, respectively, with Mr. T. F. Carothers reading the church 
history. 

Now, for the third time, it was found necessary to enlarge the 
cemetery. This was done in 1940 and it was at this time that the old 
wire fence was removed and an attractive rock wall was build across 
the front by Mr. Alfred Leaper from Aberdeen, Scotland. This was 
made possible through donations by members and former members of 
the church. 

In the early 1940's the Nell Erwin Bible Class, realizing the grow- 
ing need for more space, started a Building Fund and by early 1944, 
with added interest of the entire church, plans were being made to 
build an Educational Building. A group of men from the Men's Bible 
Class, working together, soon completed a four room building, con- 
sisting of three classrooms and an assembly room. It was located some 
fifty feet to the right of the church. This building was dedicated on 
April 23, 1944. 

From the time that the small educational building was completed 
in 1944, Pleasant Hill began to grow very rapidly, and by 1952 there 
was a great need for additional classrooms and a larger assembly 
room. Plans were completed for a new building and actual building 
started on March 8, 1953. With the cooperative labors of the entire 
congregation, the building was completed within a few months. A very 
impressive dedication service was held on October 4, 1953. Mr. W. E. 
Price was principal speaker. 



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After 23 years of faithful and dedicated service in Pleasant Hill 
and Central Churches, it was noted that Dr. Young was of retirement 
age. With this in mind a congregational meeting was held on July 3, 
1955, at which time the congregation voted to recall Dr. Young for 
another year after his seventieth birthday, or until September 15, 
1956. 

During the past decade, Pleasant Hill has grown numercially and 
financially and since Dr. Young is of retirement age, it was evident 
that a change had to be made. The entire church prayerfully considered 
this and finally on May 13, 1956, it was voted that all bonds with 
Central Steel Creek Church be severed and that Pleasant Hill become 
an independent church. This is the first time in the history of the 
church that it has attempted to stand alone and have a pastor of its 
own. The entire church is prayerfully and most earnestly working 
toward a successful, independent church. 

An active Manse Finance Committee was appointed on December 
6, 1955, and on May 28, 1956, a Manse Planning and Building Com- 
mittee was named. These are active committees at the present time. 
Also active at this time is the Pulpit Committee, which is attempting 
to secure a pastor for the church. 

The Sunday School now has an enrollment of approximately 165. 
There are two active Young People's Groups in the church with a 
membership of about 15 each. The Women of the Church are divided 
into three circles and this organization is functioning splendidly at the 
present time. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. C. D. Armstrong, Jr. 
Historian 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting: 

Ministers— W. H. Johnston, B. F. Yandell, A. T. Taylor, M. B. 
Prince, Jr., W. B. Neill, R. A. Young, A. L. Roberts, D. K. Snyder, 
W. T. Smith, R. H. Stone, C. G. McClure, W. M. Walsh, F. S. Johnston, 
S. M. Glasgow, A. L. Thompson, R. F. Whitley, C. E. S. Kraemer, W. L. 
Hall, T. W. MacLean, John A. Carriker, H. S. Robinson, C. H. Rowan, 
R. C. Long, H. G. Bedinger, C. S. MiUer, W. M. Cooper, H. D. Hayward, 
W. J. Huneycutt, S. H. Zealy, Roy C. Hoke, D. E. Wilkinson, E. B. 
Cooper, L. I. Stell, R. W. Rayburn, W. M. Boyce, Jr., W. M. Boyce, 
R. M. Kerr, C. H. McLean, S. W. Yandle, J. R. Crook, S. W. Hogue, 
C. McD. Coffey, I. Howard Chadwick, W. S. Boyce, R. V. Colen, W. T. 
Taylor, F. C. Holder, C. D. Caldwell, M. R. Williamson, E. L. Stoffel, 
J. L. Doom, T. Duke Williams, W. E. Lytch, J. S. McClure, W. N. Clark, 
Jr., S. A. Ritchie, E. A. McLeod, O. W. Perrell, C. G. Pepper, J. E. 
Fogartie, John R. King, M. A. Cochrane, James B. Sherwood, M. S. 
BeU — 64. 

Ruling Elders — Arthur K. Winget, Albemarle, First; Albert 
Lowery, Altan; J. E. White, Banks; A. W. Barnes, Belk; Jack Morrison, 
Benton Heights; Boyce Knox, Bethel; Hugh Harper, Bethlehem; J. 
Edgar Maness, Biscoe; J. R. Craven, CaldweU Memorial; Jesse Morris, 
Camden; Henry E. Baldwin, Cameronian; H. O. Gunnell, Camp Greene; 
Kermit L. Crow, Central Steele Creek; Wallace B. Bradford, Charlotte 



22 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



First; Earl B. Clanton, Clanton Memorial; Wilburn B. Brown, Common- 
wealth; C. C. Hilton, Cook's Memorial; Elbert Todd, W. K. Dickson, 
John M. Dunlap, Covenant; W. K. Dickson, Eastminster; D. R. 
McAskill, Ellerbe First; L. S. Brown, Hamlet First; E. F. Billingsley, 
Hawley Memorial; George W. Alexander, Hopewell; Thos. L. Kerns, 
Huntersville; B. W. Alexander, Mallard Creek; J. M. McLauchlin, 
Marks Creek; C. A. Bolt, Marshville; Frank Griffin, Matthews; Frank 
W. Caldwell, McGee; J. F. McCaskill, McLean Memorial; John J. 
Ozment, McQuay Memorial; Albert S. Orr, Monroe First; W. R. 
Gaddy, Morven; H. G. Rhyne, Mulberry; W. H. Pettus, E. Fred McFliail, 
Myers Park; John M. Russell, Newell; W. H. Henderson, North Char- 
lotte; R. B. Winchester, Norwood; P. W. Davenport, Paw Creek; Clem 
D. Williams, Philadelphia; John D. McCluer, Plaza; Sam A. Winget, 
Pleasant Hill; John G. Caldwell, Ramah; Van Lee Shaw, Robinson; 
S. H. Long, Jr., St. Paul; R. Fred Dunn, Sardis; G. F. Shrum, Sharon; 
Charles A. Hunter, South Park; Thomas W. Neely, Steele Creek; Guy 
D. Privette, Stephenson; Vinton L. Hunter, Sugaw Creek; E. F. 
Parneil, Tenth Avenue; H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro; Otis M. Johnson, 
Trinity; A. T. Russell, Troy; George McManus, Turner; D. F. Garris, 
Wadesboro; J. W. McCall, Waxhaw; George T. Winget, West Avenue; 
J. B. Starnes, Westminster; Paul B. Mullis, Westover Hills; E. L. 
McConnell, Williams Memorial; H. M. Wheeler, Wilmore; Theodore 
W. Pearson, South Tryon Street; P. P. Patterson, Providence — 67. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. The following were introduced to Presbytery and 
invited to sit as visiting brethren: Pvev. James D. Sherwood, 
Asheville Presbytery; Messrs. Leighton McCutchen, Jr., James 
R. Lloyd, Jack Sadler, J. V. Lawing, Bill Wren, James E. Beard, 
all students of our various Seminaries working for the summer 
in churches of the Presbytery. 

Election of Moderator — The Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, 
Moderator Nominee, was elected Moderator. 

Report of the Committee on Arrangements — The following 
report of the Committee on Arrangements was read and 
adopted: 

Your Committee would recommend that the Presbytery follow 
the docket as printed with the following exceptions: 

1. That Mr. Joe McLaney be given the privilege of addressing the 
Presbytery on the progress and the value of the program of 
Christian Higher Education for twenty minutes. 

2. That Rev. James Crook be allowed five minutes to speak on 
the Senior High Fellowship work. 

3. That Presbytery recess for Lunch at 12:30 and reconvene at 
1:30 P. M. and adjourn at pleasure. 

Rev. R. A. Young, Chairman 
Rev. I. Howard Chadwick 
Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson 



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THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by Retiring Moderator, Dr. R. C. Long. 

2. History 

3. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery, Visiting Brethren, 
Introduction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the 
first time. 

4. Election of Moderator — The Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Nominee. 

5. Report of Committee on Arrangements — The Rev. R. A. Young. 

6. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Records of Presbytery. 

5. Resolutions. 

7. Communications. 

8. Report of Commissions. 

1. The Minister and His Work — The Rev. Henry Robinson, 

Chairman 

2. Other Commissions. 

9. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

10. CaUs for Pastors and Supplies. 

11. Report of Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — The Rev. A. L. Thompson, Chairman. 

2. Committee on Ministerial Education — The Rev. S. M. Inman, 

Chairman 

3. Committee on Nominations — The Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer, 

Chairman 

12. Reports of Standing Committees (#6 Above) 

13. Unfinished Business. 

14. Reports of Commissioners to the General Assembly. 

15. New Business. 

16. Time and Place of Next Meeting. 

17. Nomination of Moderator. 

18. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

19. Adjournment with the Apostolic Benediction. 

R. C. Long, Moderator 

Malcolm R. Williamson, Stated Clerk 



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Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. Harold D. Hay ward, Chairman; Rev. 
Lawrence I. Stell, Dr. W. B. Bradford, V. L. Hunter. 

2. Installations: Rev. J. L. Doom, Chairman; Rev. E. B. Cooper; 
Paul Moore, Elbert Todd. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, Chairman; Rev. Sam H. 
Zealy, Dr. Bill Pettus, and Mr. Otis Johnson. 

4. Records of Presbytery: Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. Chairman; Rev. 
J. S. McClure, John Dunlap, and C. C. Hilton. 

5. Resolutions: Rev. Stewart Yandle, Chairman; Rev. Fred 
Holder, J. D. McCluer, and S. H. Long, Jr. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as follows: 

1. From the following Ministers requesting excuse for absence 
from this meeting of Presbytery: A. Clarke Dean, Gilbert Kirckhoff, 
Ira H. Rawls, Sam H. Inman, William F. Mitchell, James A. Jones, 
Robert Turner, Hugh Jefferson, Claire Albright, G. E. Dixon, Ben F. 
Moore. The requests were granted. 

2. From the Bethel and Cornelius Churches reporting that they 
were raising the Pastor's salary from $3,000 to $4,000 to comply with 
Presbytery's minimum. The request was granted. 

3. From Assembly's Committee on the Minister and His "Work 
relative to the Committee's work, referred to the Commission on the 
Minister and His work. 

4. From Rev. Kurt H. Munchheimer, Shively, California re- 
questing the information as to where to find old records of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. The matter was referred to the Committee on 
Presbytery's Records. 

Report of the Commission on the Minister and His Work: 

The following report of the Commission on the Minister and 
His Work was read by Rev. Henry S. Robinson, Chairman. The 
motion was made that the report be admitted to the record and 
that the recommendations be adopted. 

Your Commission has transacted the following business since the 
April meeting of Presbytery: 

1. Approved Rev. James B. Sherwood, of Asheville Presbytery, for a 
call to the McGee Church. 

2. Approved Rev. James E. Ratchford, of Orange Presbytery, for a 
call to the West Avenue Church. 



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3. Approved Rev. Paul A. Home, of Fayetteville Presbytery, for a 
call to the Bethlehem Church. This call was declined by Mr. 
Home. 

4. Approved Rev. C. D. Caldwell for a call to the McQuay Church 
after the merger with the St. Andrews Church. 

5. Approved Rev. E. G. Lineback, of the Moravian Church, Southern 
Province, for a call to the Biscoe and Star Churches. 

6. Approved Rev. B. Hoyt Evans, of Kings Mountain Presbytery, 
for a call to the Hopewell Church. 

7. Granted the request of the Home Mission Committee of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery for the approval of Rev. James B. Reaves, a 
member of Mecklenburg Presbytery, for employment in con- 
nection with the organization of a church in the Grove Park area 
of Mecklenburg County. 

8. Approved Dr. W. M. Walsh as temporary supply for the Common- 
wealth Church, and Rev. W. S. Patterson as temporary supply for 
the Hopewell Church. 

9. Approved the following seminary students as temporary supplies; 

Arthur Beard McQuay Memorial Church 

James Loyd Park Avenue Church 

William J. Wrenn, Jr. Cameronian Church 

Jack Morrison Hawley Memorial and New Salem 

Churches 

M. B. Prince, III For Work in Mecklenburg 

Presbytery 

10. Dissolved the pastoral relationship between Rev. Frank C. Wilkin- 
son and the Biscoe Church, and granted Mr. Wilkinson a letter of 
transfer to Fayetteville Presbytery. 

11. Dissolved the pastoral relationship between Crawford A. White 
and the Locust and Indian Hill Churches, and granted Mr. White 
a letter of transfer to Concord Presbytery. 

12. Authorized a letter of transfer for candidate James A. Cooley to 
Georgia-Carolina Presbytery; a letter of transfer for candidate 
James A. Bridges to Mid-Texas Presbytery; and a letter of transfer 
for candidate Robert James to Southwest Georgia Presbytery. 

13. Approved the terms of calls from the West Avenue and Bethlehem 
Churches. 

14. With the exception of the question of the length of the vacation 
to be granted by the Amay James Church to its pastor, the terms 
of the call extended by that church to Rev. McKinley Cochrane, Jr., 
were approved. Since there was no mention of the length of the 
annual vacation to be granted Mr. Cochrane, the Chairman was in- 
structed to write the Clerk of the Session of the Amay James 
Church and call his attention to the recommendation of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery that all ministers be granted a vacation of one 
month annually. This letter was written by the Chairman. 



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15. Approved the terms of the calls from the McGee and McQuay 
Memorial Churches subject to the inclusion of the stipulated 
vacation as directed by Presbytery. 

16. We note for the information of Presbytery the resignation (effective 
September 16, 1956) of Dr. R. A. Young from the pastorate of the 
Central Steele Creek and Pleasant Hill Churches upon his reach- 
ing the age of retirement. We recommend that Dr. Young be 
honorably retired as of September 16, 1956, and that he be certi- 
fied to the Board of Annuities and Relief for participation in the 
benefits of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. We would express the 
appreciation of Mecklenburg Presbytery for his faithful, dedicated 
service in this field for a period of more than 24 years. 

17. We note also for the information of Presbytery the resignation of 
Rev. W. B. Neill from the pastorate of the Robinson Church upon 
his reaching the age of retirement. We recommend that Mr. Neill 
be honorably retired as of September 1, 1956, and that he be 
certified to the Board of Annuities and Relief for participation in 
the benefits of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. We are grateful for 
Mr. Neiirs 27 years of consecrated and devoted service in our 
Presbytery. 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. We recommend that all ministers avail themselves of the financial 
protection afforded them and their families through participation 
in the Social Security Fund. 

2. The Commission calls to the attention of the ministers and the 
churches the advantages of the Group Insurance Plan of the 
Board of Annuities and Relief. We recommend that all churches 
have their ministers and other employees covered by this form of 
insurance. 

Respectfully submitted for the Commission 
on the Minister and His Work, 

Henry E. Robinson 
Chairman 

Report of Other Commissions — The following Commissions 
appointed by Presbytery made their reports which were ad- 
mitted to record. 

1. To install Rev. Claire S. Albright. 

The Commission to install The Reverend Claire S. Albright as 
Minister of the Marshville Church met on Sunday evening, June 17, 
prior to the eight o'clock service with The Reverend R. H. Stone, 
Chairman, presiding. Also present were The Reverend E. Lee Stoffel, 
The Reverend Thomas W. MacLean, and Elders J. N. Stribling and 
C. A. Bolt. 

The meeting was opened with prayer and Thomas W. MacLean 
was elected Secretary. The Commission then moved from the Manse 
into the Sanctuary for the service, R. H. Stone presiding. A sermon on 



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the topic, "The Work of the Minister" was preached by the Rev. E. L. 
Stoffel, the constitutional questions to Minister and Congregation were 
propounded by the Moderator, the charge to the Minister was delivered 
by Elder Stribling and the charge to the Congregation by the Rev. T. 
W. MacLean. Elder Bolt led the prayer and the service was concluded 
by the singing of a hymn and by the pronouncing of the benediction 
by the new Minister. The Commission reviewed its work and was dis- 
missed with prayer by the Rev. T. W. MacLean. 

T. W. MacLean, Secretary 

2. To install Rev. S. Wylie Hogue 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
Rev. S. Wylie Hogue as Pastor of the Wadesboro Presbyterian Church, 
met in the Pastor's Study at 7:30 P.M., May 13, 1956. Present were: 
Rev. Carl Miller, Rev. E. A. McLeod, Rev. J. L. Doom, and Ruling 
Elder J. B. Kuykendall. 

Mr. Miller, acting as Chairman in the absence of Dr. Roswell C. 
Long, called the meeting to order. Mr. McLeod led the meeting in 
prayer. Mr. Doom was elected Secretary of the Commission. 

The Commission invited the Rev. Mr. A. Douglas McArn, Pastor 
of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Mr. Hogue's pastor throughout 
his boyhood, Camden, South Carolina to sit as a visiting brother. The 
order of service was reviewed and the assignment of parts was con- 
firmed. 

The Commission adjourned to the sanctuary to join the Congrega- 
tion in worship. Mr. Miller presided. Mr. Doom led the evening 
prayer. Mr. McArn preached on "The Peace of Christ" from Colossians 
3:1-15. 

Mr. Miller put the constitutional questions to Mr. Hogue and to 
the Congregation, and declared Mr. Hogue installed Pastor of the 
Wadesboro Church. 

Mr. McLeod then delivered the charge to the Pastor and Mr. 
Kuykendall a charge to the people. 

At the close of the service, Mr. Hogue pronounced the Benediction 
and the people came forward to greet him as their Pastor. 

The Commission met again in the Pastor's Study and approved 
the minutes. Mr. Kuykendall led the Commission in its closing prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Carl Miller, Chairman 

James L. Doom, Secretary. 

3. To ordain and install Mr. M. S. Bell. 

The Commission appointed to ordain Mr. M. S. Bell and to install 
him pastor of the Seigle Avenue Church met in the session room of 
the Church at 7:45 P.M. on June 3rd, 1956. Those present were: Revs. 
S. M. Inman, Chairman, Roswell C. Long, Chas. M. Boyd, R. H. 
Stone and Elders Roy Doster and Sam B. Schulken. The meeting was 
opened with prayer led by Dr. Boyd. Rev. R. H. Stone was elected 
clerk. 



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The Commission entered the sanctuary and united in worship with 
the congregation. The sermon was preached by Dr. Roswell C. Long — 
his subject being "Dedicated Men" from the text Romans 1:7. 

Mr. Inman led in the service of ordination and installation and 
after the laying on of the hands of the Commission declared that Rev. 
M. S. Bell had been regularly called, ordained and installed pastor 
of the Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. The charge to the pastor 
was given by Rev. R. H. Stone and Dr. Chas. M. Boyd gave the charge 
to the congregation. 

The benediction was pronounced by Rev. M. S. Bell, following 
which he and his family were welcomed by the congregation. 

After the reading of the minutes, which were approved, the Com- 
mission was adjourned with a prayer by Dr. R. C. Long. 

Samuel N. Inman, Chairman 

4. To install Rev. Clarke Dean 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
the Rev. Clarke Dean, D.D., as Associate Minister of the Myers Park 
Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C, met at the Myers Park Church 
at 8:30 A.M. on Sunday, June 17, 1956. All members of the Commission 
were present, ministers: the Rev. James Fogartie, chairman; the Rev. 
James R. Crook, the Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, D.D., the Rev. A. Leslie 
Thompson, and Elders: H. H. Everett and Philip F. Howerton. 

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by Mr. 
Thompson. Mr. Crook was elected to serve as secretary of the Com- 
mission. 

The Commission went into the sanctuary for the installation 
service at 8:45 A.M. The Invocation and the Lord's Prayer was led 
by Elder Howerton. Elder H. H. Everett read the Scripture lesson, 
II Corinthians 3:1-6, 4:1-6. Dr. Stell preached the sermon on the topic 
"Our Source of Strength." Mr. Fogartie propounded the constitutional 
questions to the associate pastor-elect and to the congregation. The 
charge to the minister-elect was delivered by Mr. Thompson and the 
charge to the congregation by Mr. Crook. Dr. Dean was declared 
installed as Associate Minister of the Myers Park Presbyterian 
Church. 

The Commisison went into session again in the pastor's study 
after Dr. Dean had pronounced the benediction. The minutes were 
read and approved and the meeting was closed with prayer by Mr. 
Fogartie. 

James R. Crook, Secretary 

5. To install Rev. M. A. Cochrane, Jr. 

The Commission appointed to install Rev. M. A. Cochrane, Jr., 
pastor of Amay James Church met in the Church yard on June 17th, 
1956, at 7:25 P.M. Those present were Elders Rufus A. Grier, Chair- 
man, W. E. Price, Beaumert Whitton and Revs. Robert Turner and 
W. T. Taylor. The Commission was opened with prayer led by Mr. 
Grier. Rev. R. H. Stone was asked to record the minutes of the meet- 
ing. 



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The Commission with the congregation engaged in a service of 
worship in which Rev. W. T. Taylor preached the sermon from the 
text II Tim. 4:5 — "Make full proof of thy ministry." 

The chairman propounded the constitutional questions and de- 
clared that Rev. M. A. Cochrane Jr. had been duly called and installed 
pastor of the Amay James Presbyterian Church. The prayer of in- 
stallation was offered by Rev. R. H. Stone. 

Mr. Beaumert Whitton gave the charge to the pastor and Rev. 
Robert Turner gave the charge to the congregation. Mr. W. E. Price 
brought greetings to the congregation. 

Following the benediction pronounced by the new pastor the 
congregation welcomed their new pastor and his father and mother. 
The Commission heard, read and approved the minutes. The prayer 
of adjournment was led by Rev. Robert Turner. 

Rufus A. Grier, Chairman 
R. H. Stone, Secretary 



Rev. James E. Fogartie, Chairman of an Ad-interim Com- 
mitte to study the question of church property reported that 
the ad-interim Committee had been unable to meet. A motion 
was made that this Committee be permitted to continue its 
work until the next meeting of Presbytery. 

A motion prevailed that the expenses of the Commission on 
The Minister and His Work be paid out of Presbytery's Tax 
Fund. 

A motion was also made that the matter of funds for Camp 
Stewart be referred to the Council and that a budget be brought 
in at the Fall Meeting on the expenditures out of the tax fund 
of Presbytery. 

Minister Received — The Stated Clerk presented a certifi- 
cate of transfer for Rev. James D. Sherwood of Asheville Pres- 
bytery. The certificate of transfer was found in order and 
Presbytery proceeded to examine him in accordance with the 
Book of Church Order. 

The Moderator examined Mr. Sherwood on experimental 
religion. A motion was made that the first portion of the 
examination be approved. 

Rev. H. D. Bedinger conducted the examination in the 
field of theology. Motion was made the examination be 
sustained. 



30 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. conducted the examination on 
Church Government and Sacraments. A motion was made that 
this portion also be approved as satisfactory. A motion was 
made then that the examination as a whole be found satis- 
factory and that he be enrolled as a member of Presbytery upon 
the signing of the Book of the Covenant. 

A motion was made that the call from the McGee Church 
be placed in the Rev. Mr. Sherwood's hands. Rev. Henry S. 
Robinson of the Commission on the Minister and His work re- 
ported that the Commission had found the call in order with 
the following terms: $4,000 annual salary, manse, participation 
in Ministers' Annuity Fund, and a month's vacation. The Call 
from the McGee Church was then placed in Mr. Sherwood's 
hands upon his statement of acceptance. 

Report from Christian Higher Education — Mr. Joe Mc- 

Laney, Chairman of Presbytery's Committee on the Financial 
Campaign for Synod's Consolidated College, made a progress 
report on the Campaign. Mr. Tresch of Ward, Dresham and 
Rhinehart Co., was heard making an appeal for continued sup- 
port of the Churches for the Financial Drive. 

A motion was carried that Mecklenburg Presbytery com- 
mend these who have led Presbytery in the Financial Campaign 
and promise them their continued prayers and support in seek- 
ing to reach the goal, and urge all Pastors in churches which 
have not yet taken positive action on the Campaign for Funds 
present the matter to their officers and that they advise Synod's 
Campaign Committee of their action. 

At the suggestion of Rev. Harold D. Hay ward that Pres- 
bytery engage in prayer for the North Carolina General As- 
sembly now meeting in Raleigh for divine guidance, the Pres- 
bytery was led in prayer by Mr. Hayward at the request of 
the moderator. 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — The Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education presented the following men 
as candidates for the ministry: James Vason Morrow of Hope- 
well Church, Robert Claude Page HI of the Covenant Church 
and Walter Boren Satterfield of the Westminster Church. 

The Moderator conducted the examination of the Pro- 
spective candidates on their religious experience and their 
motives for seeking the ministry. A motion was made that this 
portion of the examination be sustained. 



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The Moderator then proceeded to lead Presbytery in the 
order of worship appointed for the Reception of Candidates for 
the Ministry. Upon the affirmative answers of the prospective 
candidates to the constitutional questions, Rev. W. M. Boyce 
gave a charge to the men. Rev. Warner L. Hall led Presbytery 
in a prayer of dedication. 

A request was made by the Committee on Ministerial Ed- 
ucation that John V. Lawing, Candidate for the ministry under 
care of Mecklenburg Presbytery be heard relative to his 
prospective call to a church in the Presbytery. Mr. Lawing then 
made a statement concerning his educational background. He 
stated that he was a graduate of the Gordon Theological Semin- 
ary of Beverly Farms, Mass. and he was requesting that the rule 
requiring a candidate attend a Presbyterian Seminary for one 
year be waived because of his particular circumstances. A 
motion was made that the matter be postponed until after lunch 
and that it be docketed as the third order of the day. 

Call for Minister Presenled and Accepted — Rev. Henry S. 
Robinson reported a call from the McQuay Memorial Presby- 
terian Church for the services of Rev. Clifford Caldwell with 
the following terms: annual salary of $4,000 with a $600 car 
allowance. Manse, participation in the Ministers' Annuity Fund, 
and one month's vacation. 

The Presbytery voted that the call be found in order and 
that it be placed in the hands of Mr. Caldwell. The call was 
accepted by Mr. Caldwell. 

A motion was made that Presbytery recess for lunch. Rev. 
James E. Fogartie led in prayer remembering all the ministers 
and elders known to be sick. Presbytery recessed for lunch at 
12:30 to reconvene at 1:45 P.M. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

The Presbytery reconvened at 1:45 P.M. and was led in 
prayer by the Rev. T. Duke Williams after the singing of a 
hymn. 

Moderator Nominated — Ruling Elder Joe McLaney of First 
Church, Charlotte was elected as Moderator-Nominee for the 
next meeting of Presbytery. 

Candidate Heard — Presbytery then returned to the request 
of Mr. John V. Lawing, Candidate for the Ministry. The motion 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

prevailed returning the request of Mr. Lawing to the Committee 
on Ministerial Education, requesting them to seek ways and 
means for Mr. Lawing to spend a year in one of our Presby- 
terian Seminaries, and instructing the Committee to report 
back at the Fall meeting of Presbytery. 

Report of Presbytery's Council — The report was made by 
the Council through its Chairman, the Rev. A. Leslie Thompson 
and the following recommendations were adopted: 

1. The Presbytery joins with the First Presbyterian Church of 
Charlotte in inviting the General Assembly to meet with the First 
Church in 1958 and that the Presbytery appropriate the sum of $2500 
as a part of expenses in entertainment with First Church supplying 
the remainder. 

2. We urge all Pastors in churches which have not yet taken 
positive action on the Higher Education campaign in the Synod to pre- 
sent the matter to their officers and congregations urging action and 
that notice of that action be sent immediately to the campaign office. 

3. That Presbytery accept the full askings for Assembly and Synod 
causes as sent down to us by Synod. 

General Assembly $299,717 

Synod 202,029 

Total $501,746 

4. That Presbytery's budget be $108,525. 

Church Extension $100,000 

Christian Education 8,525 

Total $108,525 

Grand Total $610,271 

5. That the Stewardship Committee be instructed to apportion this 
total to the Churches of the Presbytery according to the formula 
adopted by Presbytery last year and report in the September meeting. 

A. L. Thompson, Chairman 

Committe on Nominations — The Rev. Charles E. S. Kra- 
emer presented the following report for Presbytery's Com- 
mittee on Nominations which was adopted. 

The nominating committee of Mecklenburg Presbytery nominates 
to the Presbytery the following officers, trustees, members of com- 
missions and Committees; all the nominees herein named to serve as 
the class of 1959 except as herein otherwise specified: 

OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY: Asst. Clerk the Rev. A. L. 
Thompson, Exec. Secy, the Rev. R. H. Stone 

TRUSTEES: Davidson College class of 1960: Mr. G. S. Crouch, 
Mr. H. W. Moore, the Rev. W. L. Hall 
Presbytery: Mr. W. H. Abernathy 



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COMMISSIONS: The Minister and His Work: The Rev W. M. 
Boyce Sr., the Rev. M. B. Prince Jr.; Mr. J. Y. Pharr 

COMMITTEES: Assembly's Work: Sub Comm. on World Missions: 
the Rev. W. M. Walsh; Annuities & Relief: the Rev. D. E. Wilkinson; 
Woman's Work: Mr. R. A. Grier and the Rev. S. A. Ritchie to the class 
of 1958 to complete the unexpired term of the Rev. G. A. Fletcher, 
removed from the Presbytery. 

Assembly's Special Causes: the Rev. R. W. Raybum and Mr. 
T. M. Earnhardt of the class of 1958 to serve as chairmen. 

Church Extension: Chairman: the Rev. E. L. Stoffel. Sub. Comm. 
on Christian Relations: the Rev. W. E. Lytch; Evangelism: the Rev. 
I. H. Chadwick; Radio: Mr. J. R. Covington and to serve as chairman; 
and to the class of 1958, J. S. Garner to complete the unexpired term 
of M. B. Dudley removed from the Presbytery. 

Home Missions: the Rev. W. M. Cooper, the Rev. A. C. Dean; Mr. 
N. G. Speir. 

Education: Sub. Comm. on Education Institutions: the Rev. W. M. 
Boyce Jr.; Campus Christian Life: the Rev. J. E. Wayland Jr. 

Presbytery's Council: the Rev. E. L. Stoffel, the Rev. C. S. Miller, 
Mr. J. B. Kuykendall 

Ministerial Education: Chairman: the Rev. S. M. Inman: the Rev. 
S. M. Inman; the Rev. J. A. Jones; Mr. J. C. Otts; the Reverend 
C. E. S. Kraemer to succeed the Rev. H. S. Schum removed from the 
Presbytery. 

Homes: The Rev. G. E. Dixon; the Rev. C. G. Pepper; Mr. C. A. 
Dunn 

Christian Education: the Rev. R. M. Kerr; the Rev. J. E. Fogartie; 
Mr. G. C. McCall 

These nominations made by the committee in its meeting held 
July 23, 1956 and submitted to the meeting of Presbytery July 24, 1956. 

Charles E. S. Kraemer, Chairman 

The Rev. Robert Turner was elected as Chairman of the 
Home Missions Committee. Rev. James D. Sherwood was nom- 
inated and elected to serve the unexpired term of Rev. Craw- 
ford White, Class of 1957. Ruling Elder Beaumert Whitten was 
elected to the Committe on Nominations, Class of 1959. Rev. 
I. Howard Chadwick and Rev. Lawrence I. Stell were elected to 
the Committee on Nominations, Class of 1959. The Rev. I. 
Howard Chadwick was elected as Chairman. A motion was 
made providing for a change of the name "General Assembly's 
Causes" to the "General Fund Agencies" to bring the ter- 
minology in line with the terminology of the Church at large. 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Report of Committee on Installations — The following re- 
port of the Committee on Installations was heard and adopted: 

Your Committee has conferred with Rev. Mr. C. D. Caldwell and 
Rev. Mr. J. B. Sherwood. We recommend that for their installations 
Presbytery appoint these Commissions: 

1. To install Rev. C. D. Caldwell as Pastor of McQuay Memorial 
P'resbytery Church — Time: July 29, 7:30 P.M.; Ministers: Rev. James 
Crook — To Preside and Propound the Constitutional Questions. Rev. 
Robert Turner — to preach the Sermon. Rev. William Boyce, Jr. — to 
charge the Pastor. Elder: J. A. Beard, of Williams Memorial Church — 
to charge the congregation. Alternates: Rev. Joe McClure and Elder 
J. W. Craig, Jr. 

2. To install Rev. J. B. Sherwood as Pastor of McGee Presbyterian 
Church. Time: August 5, 8:00 F. M. Ministers: Rev. Henry Robinson — 
To Preside and Propound the Constitutional Questions. Dr. C. G. Mc- 
Clure — to preach the Sermon. Rev. R. A. Young — to charge the Con- 
gregation. Elder: Angus Shaw, of Hopewell Church — to charge the 
Pastor. Alternates: Rev. R. W. Rayburn and Rev. F. C. Pratt. Ruling 
Elder Robinson of Wilmore Church. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. E. B. Cooper 

Elbert Todd 

Rev. J. L. Doom, Chairman 

The quorum of these Commissions was set at three min- 
isters and one ruling elder. 

Report of Other Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures — No business. 

2. Records of Presbytery — This Committee through its Chairman, 
Rev. Marcus Prince, Jr. recommended that the Stated Clerk write to 
Rev. Kurt H. Munchheimer, Shively, Calif, and refer him to the His- 
torical Foundation Assn. at Montreat for the date of the organization 
of this Presbytery and others as requested. It also recommended that 
the Minutes of the 209th and 210th Stated Meetings of Presbytery be 
commended as follows: 

We recommend that the clerks be commended for their diligence 
and care in preparing and distributing these minutes. 

Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., Chairman 
Rev. J. S. McClure 
John Dunlap 
C. C. Hilton 

The report was adopted. A motion was made that Pres- 
bytery now pass on and put on the docket for approval the 
change in terminology from "Committee of Education" to 
"Committee of Higher Education." 



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The Committe on Resolutions made the following report 
which was adopted: 

Resolutions Commitlee: Mecklenburg Presbytery Resolutions 
Recommends that the Presbytery: 

1. Praise God for work of Pleasant Hill Church and pray for the bless- 
ing of God in the future work. 

2. Commend Dr. Young for his work, for his faithfulness in Pleasant 
Hill and Central Steele Creek, and that Presbytery utilize his services 
wherever possible. 

3. Express our appreciation for the excellent provision for our com- 
fort and for our physical needs — the wonderful ham dinner. 

4. Send Copy to the Church through Dr. Young. 

Stewart W. Yandle, Chairman 
Fred C. Holder 
Elder J. McCluer 
Elder Hoyle Long 

Reports of Commissions to the General Assembly — The 

following Ministers and Ruling Elders made reports on their 
attendance at the General Assembly: Ministers, W. M. Boyce, 
Jr., John Carriker, Robert W. Rayburn, Harold D. Hayward, 

5. Wylie Hogue, E. B. Cooper, Frank L. Wilkinson. Elders: 
Jones Pharr, Fred O. Brown, John W. Knox, Joe L. Puckett, 
J. B. Watt, T. M. Barnhardt, and Everett Bierman. 

A motion was made authorizing the acceptance of written 
reports by Commissions and the inclusion of one written report 
of a minister and a ruling elder in the minutes of Presbytery. 
All those attending the General Assembly were commended 
for their diligence by formal action of the Presbytery. The 
written reports of Ruling Elder T. M. Barnhardt and Rev. 
Harold D. Hayward were selected for their excellence and are 
as follows: 

1. Report of Commissioner T. M. Barnhardt, Jr. 

Mr. Moderator and Brethren: 

First, I would like to thank the Mecklenburg Presbytery for the 
wonderful privilege that has been given me by electing me as a Com- 
missioner to attend the 96th General Assembly of the Presbyterian 
Church U. S. which has been held in Montreat, starting May 31. This 
is an experience I will never forget and it gave me insight as to the 
workings of the whole Southern Presbyterian church. It was most 
impressive in every way. 

As you know. Dr. Richards has been the Moderator up until 
the Assembly met and Dr. Taliaferro Thompson of Richmond was 
unanimously elected as the new moderator. Dr. "Tolly" did one of 
the finest jobs I have ever seen in handling this Assembly and while 
it was expected, it was still a lot of satisfaction to his friends and 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



acquaintances to see him operate so efficiently, pushing along to keep 
the assembly on schedule, but yet being very gracious regardless of 
who was on the floor. Not one time during the entire assembly was 
there a lag, but it was constantly on the move. 

The thing that impressed me most about this Assembly is the 
fine spirit that was shown for and against, regardless what the subject 
was. I think it was out of respect to Dr. "Tolly"' that tempers did not 
blaze from time to time. But out of respect to Dr. Thompson, every- 
thing was on a very high plane. 

There were approximately 490 commissioners at this Assembly and 
each of these commissioners was appointed to one of the standing 
committees of which there are twelve. 

I was assigned to the General Council Standing Committee for 
this Assembly and we met with the Permanent Committee of the 
General Council and with the Staff and two days of hard work. We 
were given an insight to the workings of the General Council. 

Rev. J. G. Patton is the Executive Secretary and Rev. B. S. Hodges, 
Jr. is his associate. Both of these men, in my opinion, are outstanding 
men of business ability. It was seldom that they had to refer to any- 
thing to the many questions asked them — they had the answer 
instantly. I was extremely impressed with the ability of these two 
men. 

I was entirely ignorant of the General Council and I found it 
was the old Stewardship Committee, but about six years ago when they 
streamlined everything in the Southern Presbyterian Church, this 
was changed to the General Council. They have charge of the budgets 
for the Presbyterian church and the totals this year were $6,931,896 — 
this is an increase over the previous year of $388,823. 

I found that four boards have separate treasuries and they have 
separate budgets, which are as follows: 

Board of World Missions $3,500,000 

Board of Church Extension 1,518,225 

Board of Christian Education 580,000 

Board of Annuities and Relief 441,817 

In addition to the above, the remaining causes — The General Fund 
which is the receiving and disbursing agency for the remainder of the 
approved causes of General Assembly, namely (Total Budget these 
causes $891,854.00) 

Board of Women's Work 
The General Council 
Assembly's Training School 
Montreat 
Stillman College 
Historical Foundation 
American Bible Society 
Administrative expense 
National Council 
World Council 
Geneva Building 
Lord's Day Alliance 
Religion in American Life. 



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In addition to the general oversight of the entire budget, the 
General Council has charge of the publicity, and it was interesting to 
me to see that they had a reporter for the New York Times, a reporter 
for the Time and Life Magazines, a reporter for the Newspapers in 
Atlanta, two reporters for the Charlotte papers and one reporter for 
the Asheville paper. In addition to this, they had reporters for the 
four Presbyterian magazines. 

They have also a third duty of the charge of the program for the 
entire Southern Presbyterian church, and we are now in the midst of 
the "Forward with Christ" Program, of which we had a number of re- 
ports and it is meeting v/ith favor throughout the southern church. 
This will probably be extended until 1961 rather than bring in a new 
program before the 100th Anniversary. 

Also, in the stewardship promotion, the prebudget canvass was 
thoroughly discussed and a number of the Presbyteries have had a 
meeting with the secretaries of the General Council and have put this 
in the various churches in the Presbyteries and they are meeting with 
splendid results. As a matter of interest, the Atlanta First Church put 
in the prebudget canvass last year and they increased their budget 
40%. Similar reports from smaller churches throughout the Assembly 
were equally good or better. 

I would certainly recommend to Mecklenburg Presbytery that 
we have Rev. B. S. Hodges come up and explain the prebudget canvass 
as I believe this would be most helpful for a number of churches that 
are having difficulty in raising their budgets. 

Each of these 12 standing committees reported back to the 
General Assembly their findings and recommendations — all of which 
the Assembly as a whole voted on. 

Sunday, they had the morning service, which was a communion 
service. They picked names from the various Presbyteries, one each, 
I believe, and I had the privilege of serving for the Mecklenburg 
delegation. It was a most impressive communion service. 

The General Assembly adjourned Tuesday morning, June 5, 
at approximately 11:30 and the sessions, while they were long, were 
most interesting and I am pleased to say that I attended all the 
business sessions with a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment, because 
it was most interesting from start to finish. 

I would like to thank you again for the privilege that you have 
given me in attending this General Assembly. 

2. Report of Commissioner, Harold D. Hayward 

My first contact with Presbyterianism at its highest court level 
left upon me the impression: what a great church we have and what 
a greater church we can be by the grace of God and hard work! 

One senses something of the responsible attitude with which the 
commissioners regard their tasks. It makes one wish that this same 
high sense of duty and strategy could be conveyed down through us 
to the lower courts of the church and thence to the congregations 
where we serve and amongst whom we live our lives, we hope, to the 
glory of God. 



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One saw parliamentarianism at its best though sometimes faced 
with minor crises of procedure. One felt supremely confident because 
the Assembly was under the moderatorship of a man of the quality 
of spirit shown by Professor Thompson. There was give and take, 
especially when controversial matters were discussed. Yet a sense of 
humor and friendliness seemed to assure the outcome. Vote as we 
might that sense of humor was always present. 

I noted with gratification that the reports of some of the com- 
mittees having special tasks such as those dealing with Christianity 
and Health; Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage; the Position of Women 
in the Church; and others, took a second look at the Bible in making 
their reports and presenting their findings. By a second look . . . 
1 mean . . . the ability to see the great dynamic movement of the 
Spirit of God underneath the words of scripture ... a kind of a move- 
ment of change and development and flow such as one who is Christian 
might interpret in the ebb and flow of history. 

It appeared to me that one of the finest of the stimuli to our com- 
mittee-work (and I was a member of the Committee on Christian 
Education) was the voice of some lower church court bidding us con- 
sider certain matters definitively and make definitive answers . . . the 
overtures from the Presbyteries. Were it not for the overtures year 
by year we should be perfectly willing to allow our Boards and paid 
servants at Atlanta or Nashville or Richmond work out all our prob- 
lems. But not so! The Presbyteries made their weight count — and this 
is fundamentally, in my humble understanding, good Presbyterianism. 

I was a bit troubled at the start with the responsibility of attending 
many long meetings day after day but must now testify that the 
docket was well-arranged and it becam^e no problem whatsoever for 
me to attend every meeting joyfully. I think this was true of my fellow 
commissioners. My only disappointment was occasioned by the half 
attendance at the Sunday afternoon meeting when our brethren from 
other denominations brought greetings. And their talks were excellent! 

The music which introduced us to the new Hyinnbook was skill- 
fully arranged for each session. A bit of conservatism showed itself 
in the hymns chosen for congregational use. However, thanks to the 
Montreat Choir, new hymns were appealingly sung by that able group. 
Conservatively apparent, the scripture read or quoted was usually from 
the older version of the Bible translation. 

Besides the humor of one dear brother's exposition of Adam's rib 
and the creation of Eve; here and there things sparkled with subtle 
and frequently sardonic wit. One exhuberant brother arose to teach us 
a new verse to "Jesus Loves Me". 

"Jesus loves me when I'm good. When I do the things I should; 
Jesus loves me when I'm bad though it makes Him very sad." 

In committee meetings I was interested to see how carefully the 
wording of reports and resolutions and especially the answers to over- 
tures were considered. Dr. Richards, retiring moderator, who happened 
to be in the committee of which I was a member, was again and again 
very solicitous that just the right words be employed and none others. 
This shows our late moderator to be the great parliamentarian he is 
and reminds one of Dr. Jones of our own presbytery. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 



One of the signs of the moving of this church forward, in my 
judgement, was the spirit with which the commissioners insisted that 
each Board of the Church rotate its membership regardless of who 
may have been deemed absolutely "essential" to the work. The 
commissioners said "rotate" and the Board members were "rotated". 
The commissioners were voting for what they believed . . . for they 
believed as do I that this great church is loaded with talent . . . God- 
given talent . . . and it needs to be used . . . and used NOW. 

Do you ask me how I voted? 

Let me repeat the observation of Dr. Thompson about the com- 
missioner who returned home with the remark that he attended every 
meeting, voted correctly upon every issue, although General Assembly 
did not always agree with him. Dr. Thompson could have been refer- 
ring to me. 

Fathers and brethren, I think this sums up my report of attendance 
as your commissioner. Let me express my appreciation for the op- 
portunity to serve you and by serving you thereby representing our 
church before the world ... a church of which we may be justly proud. 

Additional Report of the Commission on the Minister and 
His Work — The Commission recommended that the Rev. W. B. 
Meill be honorably retired September 1, 1956, that he be certified 
in the Ministers' Annuity Fund, and that the Commission be 
empowered to take action in line with the ruling of the General 
Assembly on the date of retirement for ministers. The recom- 
mendation was granted. 

Place of Next Meeting — Presbytery accepted an invitation 
extended by Rev. James Crook on behalf of Camp Stewart for 
the Fall Meeting September 18, 1956. 

The minutes were read and adopted as amended. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by the Moderator, 
Rev. I. Howard Chadwick to meet at Camp Stewart, September 
18, 1956 at 9 A.M. Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Moderator 

Malcohn R. Williamson, Stated Clerk 
A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

INDEX 

Two Hundred Thirteenth Stated Meeting 

Opening Worship Page 18 

Histor of Pleasant Hill Church Pages 18-21 

Roll of Ministers and Elders Pages 21-22 

Election of Moderator Page 22 

Report of Committee on Arrangements Page 22 

The Docket Page 23 

Standing Committees Page 24 

Communications ^ Page 24 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work Pages 24-26 

Installation Reports of Commissions Pages 26-29 

Ad-Interim Report Page 29 

Expenses of Commission on Minister and His Work Page 29 

Camp Stewart Expenses Page 29 

Reception of Minister Page 29 

Christian Higher Education Page 30 

Ministerial Education Pages 30-31 

Call for Minister Page 31 

Moderator Nominee Page 31 

Candidate Heard Page 31 

Presbytery's Council Page 32 

Nominations Pages 32-33 

Installations Committee Report Page 34 

Other Standing Committees Pages 34-35 

Reports of Commissioners to General Assembly Pages 35-39 

Additional Report of Commission on Minister and His Work... Page 39 

Time and Place of Next Meeting Page 39 

Adjournment Page 39 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 

The Two Hundred Fourteenth 

Stated Meeting of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 



Camp Stewart 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Sept. 18, 1956 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Fourteenth stated Session at Camp Stewart, Route # 8, 
Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. The Moderator 
led Presbytery in the opening exercises of worship and then 
preached the sermon on "Evangehsm" based on Romans 1:12. 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated and 
was administered by Rev. James R. Crook and Rev. R. H. Stone 
assisted by a group of Elders. 

Memorials — A Memorial for Rev. Herbert Corwin Car- 
michael was read by Dr. J. W. Grier. 

Rev. Herbert Corwin Carmichael, retired minister of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery, died on Sunday, July 29. He was stricken while 
preaching at Sunset Hills Presbyterian church. Mr. Carmichael was 
born near Dillon, S. C, June 3, 1890, the son of Edward C. Carmichael 
and Annie Carmichael. He married Miss Mullie Alexander of Hunters- 
ville, N. C, September 1, 1820. Mr. Carmichael entered Davidson 
College 1906 and graduated from that institution in 1910. He graduated 
from Columbia Seminary 1915, was licensed by Tuscaloosa Presbytery 
June 29, 1915, was ordained by the same Presbytery Oct. 13, 1915. 
He served the Marengo County group of churches, Ala. 1915-1917; 
Elmira group, Orange Presbytery 1917-1920; Williams Memorial, Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery 1920-1922, Unionville group 1922-1923; Cleveland 
group, Concord Presbytery, 1924-1926; Methodist church near Greens- 
boro 1927-1929; Unionville group, Mecklenburg Presbytery 1929-1937; 
Oakboro 1938; Stanfield 1939-1941; Locust group 1941-1942. Mr. 
Carmichael worked at Oak Ridge, Tenn. 1945. 

History — Rev. J. R. Crook announced that no history of 
Camp Stewart would be given but rather a recognition of the 
work of Mrs. Margaret Stilwell as "Area Worker" in Christian 
Education for Mecklenburg Presbytery. Rev. Robert Turner 
spoke on behalf of Presbytery expressing our thanks to Mrs. 



42 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Stilwell. A standing vote of appreciation was given her. Mrs. 
Stilwell responded graciously and briefly. 

The Roll — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting. 

Ministers— Carl S. Miller, J. O. Mann, Ben F. Moore, Edward A. 
McLeod, Joe L. McClure, Thos. W. MacLean, W. B. McSwain, W. B. 
Neill, O. W. Perrell, Claude G. Pepper, Jr., M. B. Prince, Jr., Hugh D. 
Pollard, Stuart Ritchie, Henry S. Robinson, Robert W. Rayburn, Ira 
H. Rawles, W. Ted Smith, Lawrence Stell, D. K. Snyder, E. L. Stoffel, 
R. H. Stone, A. Leslie Thompson, W. T. Taylor, A. T. Taylor, Robert 
Turner, W. M. Walsh, J. E. Wayland, Jr., T. Duke Williams, R. F. Whit- 
ley, D. E. Wilkinson, Malcolm R. Williamson, B. F. Yandell, R. A. 
Young, Sam H. Zealy, M. S. Bell, Henry G. Bedinger, William M. 
Boyce, Jr., Chas. M. Boyd, W. M. Boyce, W. S. Boyce, Howard Chad- 
wick, Watt M. Cooper, E. B. Cooper, M. A. Cochrane, Jr., C. McD. 
Coffey, James R. Crook, John A. Carriker, Clifford D. Caldwell, R. V. 
Colen, James L. Doom, B. F. Ferguson, James C. Fogartie, J. S. Garner, 
J. W. Grier, Warner L. HaU, H. D. Hayward, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. J. 
Huneycutt, S. W. Hogue, Jr., F. C. Holder, S. M. Inman, Hugh M. 
Jefferson, F. S. Johnston, W. H. Johnston, R. M. Kerr, S. F. Koesy, 
Charles E. S. Kraemer, Roswell Long, W. E. Lytch, M. G. Lyerly, 
W. D. Lively, C. H. McLean, W. F. Mitchell, Claire S. Albright, A. 
Clarke Dean, Hoyt Evans, John King, Jas. B. Reaves, Jas. B. Sherwood, 
Stewart W. Yandle. (90). 

Ruling Elders — Fred W. Alexander, Mallard Creek; R. A. Atwell, 
Cornelius; R. A. Butner, Sunset Hills; E. L. Blackwelder; Wilburn B. 
Brown, Commonwealth; Harold Burney, Albemarle, 1st; Harold G. 
Cathey, McGee; David Craig, Jr., Myers Park; H. P. Cathey, Thomas- 
boro; Worth Campbell, Paw Creek; Bill Clark, Mt. Gilead; T. M. Davis, 
Cook's Memorial; Ned E. Dorton, Philadelphia; Albert Excott, Cov- 
enant; Philip M. Edge, Covenant; R. R. Grier, Central Steele Creek; 
Otis C. Gray, Ramah; H. O. Gunnell, Camp Green; L. Carl Harper, 
Providence; Walter S. Henderson, Bethel; H. E. Hoover, West Avenue; 
W. H. Henderson, North Charlotte; L. P. Hunter, Jr., Sugaw Creek; 
B. B. Haigler, Bethlehem; Wm. M. Harris, Indian Trail; Walter P. 
Harkey, Selwyn Avenue; J. C. Kuck, Amity; L. M. Kerns, Williams 
Memorial; Rufus M. Lee, Beulah; S. H. Long, Jr., St. Paul; Wm. E. 
Massey, Covenant; John Ray Maness, Macedonia; George E. Midgett, 
South Park; E. Fred McPhail, Myers Park; H. D. McLaughlin, Wax- 
haw; A. A. McDuffie, Candor; Joe W. McLaney, Charlotte 1st; J. M. 
McLauchlin, Marks Creek; J. F. McCaskill, McLean; Carl McCain, 
Monroe 1st; J. C. Price, Steele Creek; R. E. L. Prather, McQuay Me- 
morial; C. R. Poole, Biscoe; Joe L. Puckett, Sr., Hopewell; E. F. Parnell, 
Tenth Avenue; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; D. E. Phillips, Cam- 
den; W. E. Pursley, Westover Hills; N. F. Quinn, Westminster; W. D. 
Rogers, Wilmore; Frank H. Story, Norwood; W. E. Steagall, Morven; 
Vance Sykes, Hamlet 1st; George R. Sadler, Mulberry; W. O. Sullivan, 
Sharon; Wilbur Saunders, Watson Heights; H. C. Sullivan, Robinson; 
P. J. Turner, Pleasant Hill; C. H. Ferguson, Wadesboro 1st; John M. 
Wilson, Jr., Plaza; J. C. Watson, Rourk; H. E. Whitener, Huntersville; 
E. H. Walker, Sardis; Josephus Wainwright, Trinity; E. T. Windham, 
Clanton Memorial. (65) 






MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 43 



Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The following Ministers were introduced to Presbytery 
and were invited to sit as visiting brethren: Rev. Jeff Monroe 
of Norfolk Presbytery; Rev. B. Hoyt Evans of Kings Mountain 
Presbytery; Rev. James E. Ratchford of Orange Presbytery and 
Rev. Bill Evans of the Methodist Church, Concord. 

Moderator Elected — The Moderator-nominee, Mr. Joe W. 
McLaney was elected Moderator. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements — The following Re- 
port was made by Rev. Jas. R. Crook: 

It is recommended that the Printed Docket be followed with the 
following amendments: 

1. That 20 minutes be given before Lunch to the Christian Ed- 
ucation Committee to hear a report on the Camp and Conference 
program and Men's Work. 

2. That Mr. W. H. Neal, Chairman of the Board of the Consolidated 
College, be heard as the 2nd order after Lunch. 

3. That lunch be served at 12:30 P.M. 

4. That Presbytery reconvene at 2:00 P.M. 



THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by Retiring Moderator, the 
Rev. I. Howard Chadwick. 

2. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper — administered by the Rev. James 
R. Crook and the Rev. R. H. Stone. 

3. Memorials. 

4. History. 

5. Enrollment — Members of Presbytery; Visiting Brethren; Intro- 
duction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time. 

6. Election of Moderator — Mr. Joe W. McLaney, Nominee. 

7. Report of the Committee on Arrangements — the Rev. James R. 
Crook. 

8. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

1. Bills and Overtures. 

2. Installations. 

3. Judicial Business. 

4. Assembly's Minutes. 

5. Resolutions. 

9. Communications. 



44 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Commissions. 

1. Minister and his Work — the Rev. H. S. Robinson. 

2. Other Commissions. 

13. Reports of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

1. Presbytery's Council — the Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

2. Ministerial Education — the Rev. Sam M. Inman. 

3. Homes— Mr. J. B. Watt. 

14. Report of Standing Committees, (see No. 8 above) 

15. Unfinished Business. 

16. New Business. 

17. Place of Next Meeting. 

18. Nomination of Moderator, (first order after lunch) 

19. Reading and Adoption of Minutes. 

20. Adjournment with the Apostolic Benediction. 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated: 

1. The following ministers and elders requested to be excused part 
or all of the day. J. W. Grier, J. Gilbert Kirckhoff, Sam Glasgow, 
James A. Jones, M. S. Bell, J. A. Carriker, Warner L. Hall, C. H. 
McKinnon, Ted Smith, and C. H. Bolt. The motion was carried. 

2. From John R. Crawford for the privilege of laboring outside the 
bounds of Presbytery for a period of two years to study in Aberdeen, 
Scotland. Request was granted to labor outside bounds of Presbytery 
for one year. 

3. From Hugh Pollard who requested a letter of transfer to Abing- 
don Presbytery. The request was granted and a motion that the 
minister be advised of the procedure for a change of pastorate ac- 
cording to the Book of Church Order prevailed. 

Appointment of Standing Committees — The Moderator 
appointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills and Overtures: Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Ch., Rev. Robert 
Turner; Elders, L. P. Hunter, Jr. 

2. Installations: Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, Ch., Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr.; 
Elder Carl McCain. 

3. Judicial Business: Rev. E. B. Cooper, Chm., Elders Walter P. 
Harkey, C. R. Poole. 

4. Assembly's Minutes — Rev. Joe McClure, Chm., Rev. Thomas 
W. McLean, Elder L. Carl Harper. 

5. Resolutions: Rev. Wm. Lytch, Chm., Rev. Fred Holder, Elder 
Harold Burney. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 45 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Education — 

Rev. Sam Inman reported 52 candidates under the care of Pres- 
bytery. 
The following recommendations were made: 

1. That the name of John Lawing be dropped from the roll of 
candidates of Presbytery that he might seek secular employment. 

2. That the Committee on Education for the Ministry be authorized 
to advise all Candidates for the Ministry that they are required to have 
one year of training in a Presbyterian Seminary. 

3. That Miss Mary McLaney be taken under the care of Presbytery 
as candidate for lay service. The recommendations were adopted. 

The Moderator requested Dr. Lee Stoffel to examine Miss 
McLaney on experimental religion. That being done and found 
satisfactory, the Moderator put the constitutional questions 
to the candidate. Dr. Charles E. S. Kraemer was asked to de- 
liver a brief charge to Miss McLaney. 

Ministers Received — Letters of dismissal for Rev. James E. 
Ratchford of Orange Presbytery and Rev. B. Hoyt Evans of 
Kings Mountain Presbytery were received and it was moved 
that these be found in order and that Presbytery proceed to the 
examination according to the Book of Church Order. The 
Moderator requested Rev. Sam Inman to examine the candi- 
dates in experimental religion. A motion was made that this 
part of the examination be sustained. 

Rev. Charles E. S. Kraemer examined the ministers in the 
field of theology. The examination was approved as satisfactory. 
Rev. Russell Kerr examined the candidates on church govern- 
ment and sacraments. The motion was made that this part of 
the examination be found satisfactory. A motion was made 
that the examination as a whole be sustained and that these 
gentlemen be enrolled as members of the Presbytery upon the 
signing of the Covenant. 

Rev. Henry Robinson presented a call to Rev. Mr. Evans 
from the Hopewell Church with the following terms: $4300 
salary and Ministers' Annuity $123.80, $300.00 car allowance, 
$135 on Group Insurance Plan and a month's vacation. He 
accepted the call. 

The call to Rev. James E. Ratchford from West Ave. 
Church was given with the following terms: $4600 plus Min- 
isters' Annuity, $400.00 car allowance, 4 weeks vacation and 
50% of the premium in Group Insurance Plan. The call was 
accepted. 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



A call was presented to Rev. Stewart Yandle from Com- 
monwealth Church with the following terms: $4500 salary and 
Ministers' Annuity, $600.00 car allowance, heat and one month's 
vacation. 

Rev. James R. Crook, chairman of the Christian Education 
Committee, presented Rev. James E. Fogartie who spoke in 
interest of the Men's Fall Rally at Covenant Church, Sept. 
25th. Mr. Crook reported that six weeks of camp life at Camp 
Stewart would be offered next year. Rev. Sam Zealy, and Rev. 
William Boyce reported on the difficulty of getting leadership. 
Rev. Mr. Crook appealed for Ministers and Elders to give time 
and effort for undertaking this program. The dates for the 
Camping Program for 1957 were announced as June 3rd to July 
20th. 

Dr. Young reported an urgent letter from the Assembly's 
Committee on Annuity and Relief notifying ministers of the 
deadline to qualify for Social Security, that deadline being 
April 15, 1957. 

Recess — Presbytery recessed for lunch at 12:30 to recon- 
vene at 2 P.M. The Moderator, Mr. McLaney, led in prayer. 



AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 P.M. and after the singing of a 
hymn, the Moderator led in prayer. A standing vote of thanks 
was made to Mr. Nick Sloan for the delicious meal served 
members of Presbytery. 

Moderator Nominated — The name of Rev. David Wilkinson 
was placed in nomination for Moderator for the next meeting of 
Presbytery and he was elected as moderator-nominee. 

Mr. W. H. Neal, chairman of the New Consolidated College 
Board was introduced and spoke to the Presbytery on the New 
Consolidated College. 

Report of Commission on Minister and His Work — Rev. 

Henry Robinson, Chairman of the Commission on the Minister 
and His Work, made the following report which was admitted 
to the record. 

Since the July Meeting of Presbytery, your commission has 
transacted the following business: 

1. Approved the Rev. Stewart W. Yandle, Pastor of the Norwood 
Presbyterian Church, for a call to the Commonwealth Presbyterian 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



Church. This action was approved by the Commission over the 
telephone. 

2. Approved the Rev. Joe E. Stowe, of Piedmont Presbytery, for a 
call to the Biscoe and Star Churches. This call was declined. 

3. Approved the Rev. Samuel N. Thomas, of Wilmington Presbytery, 
for a call to the Central Steele Creek Church. 

4. Approved Mr. Monroe Busch of Pageland, a Second Year student 
at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, for supply 
work in Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

5. Appointed Mr. R. B. Winchester, a Ruling Elder in the Norwood 
Church, to serve as temporary moderator of the Session of that 
church. 

6. Dissolved the pastoral relationship between the Rev. Stewart W. 
Yandle and the Norwood Presbyterian Church, effective October 
15, 1956. 

7. Dissolved the pastoral relationship between Dr. C. G. McClure and 
the Caldwell Memorial Church, effective September 15, 1956, and 
authorized a letter of transfer for Dr. McClure to the Presbytery 
of the Everglades. 

8. Approved the terms of a call from the Hopewell Church for the 
services of the Rev. B. Hoyt Evans of Kings Mountain Presbytery. 

9. Approved the terms of a call from the Central Steele Creek Church 
for the services of Rev. Samuel N. Thomas of Wilmington P'res- 
bytery. 

10. Approved the Rev. Joe E. Stowe, of Piedmont Presbytery, for a 
call to the Robinson Church. 

Respectfully submitted for the 
Commission, 

Henry S. Robinson, Chairman 



Report of Commissions — The following Commissions ap- 
pointed by Presbytery made their reports which were admitted 
to the record: 

1. To install the Rev. Clifford D. Caldwell— 

The Commission to install the Rev. Clifford D. Caldwell as pastor 
of McQuay Memorial Presbyterian Church met in the Church on 
July 29, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. The Rev. James R. Crook was elected chair- 
man. The Rev. Mr. Crook opened the meeting with prayer. Those 
present were: Ministers — Robert Turner, James R. Crook, W. M. 
Boyce, Jr., and Clifford D. Caldwell; Ruling Elders; J. Arthur Beard 
and J. W. Craig, Jr. The Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. was elected clerk. 

The Commission proceeded to install the Rev. Clifford D. Caldwell. 
The Rev. Robert Turner preached the sermon on the text John 14:31. 
The Rev. James R. Crook presided and propounded the constitutional 
questions. The Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. charged the pastor. Ruling Elder 
J. Arthur Beard charged the congregation. The Rev. Mr. Crook led 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



the installation prayer. The Rev. Clifford D. Caldwell pronounced the 
benediction. 

The Commission makes the following recommendation: We recom- 
mend that Mecklenburg Presbytery instruct the Stated Clerk to have 
forms printed to be filled in by Commissions on Installations so that 
all reports of such Commissions will be uniform and accurate. 

The minutes of the Commission were read and approved. The 
Commission adjourned with prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

William M. Boyce, Jr. 
Clerk 



2. To install Rev. James B. Sherwood — 

The Commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to install 
Rev. James B. Sherwood as Pastor of McGee Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, met at the McGee Church at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday 
August 5, 1956. Members of the Commission present were: ministers; 
Rev. H. S. Robinson and Dr. R. A. Young. Ruling Elders were Angus 
R. Shaw and J. Price Robinson. 

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by J. 
Price Robinson. The Commission elected J. Price Robinson to serve as 
secretary. Due to the necessary absence of Dr. C. G. McClure and the 
inability of Rev. R. W. Rayburn and Rev. F. C. Pratt to serve. Rev. 
Robert Turner was asked to preach the sermon. 

The Commission went into the sanctuary for the installation serv- 
ice. Rev. Robert Turner preached the sermon on "Jesus Christ Our 
Great High Priest", Heb. 4:14-16. Rev. H. S. Robinson propounded the 
constitutional questions to the pastor and congregation. The charge to 
the Pastor was by Elder A. R. Shaw and the charge to the con- 
gregation by Dr. R. A. Young. Rev. James B. Sherwood was declared 
installed as Pastor of McGee Presbyterian Church. 

The Commission went into session again after the service. The 
minutes were read and approved and the meeting was closed with 
prayer by Dr. R. A. Young. 

J. PVice Robinson, Secretary 

Presbytery's Council — Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Chairman 
of Presbytery's Council made the following report on Presby- 
tery's Budget for 1957 which was admitted to the record: 

Mecklenburg Presbytery's budget for Benevolences for 1957 is 
$610,785, of which $28,336 is special offerings for two Synod Causes: 
Presbyterian Home — $2,567 and Presbyterian Orphans' Home — $25,760. 
The regular budget is $582,449. 

The regular budget is apportioned on the following page. The 
percentages and amounts are as follows: 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 



I. Assembly Causes: 

World Missions 25.88% $150,782 

Church Extension 11,23 65,400 

Christian Education 4,29 25,003 

Annuities and Relief 3.28 19,003 

General Fund 6.61 38,479 

Inter-Church Agencies .17 1,019 

Total to Assembly 51.46 $299,716 

II. Synod's Causes: 

Church Extension 2.85 $16,622 

Presbyterian Home 1.33 7,728 

Presbyterian Orphans' Home 3.32 19,320 

Christian Education 1.96 11,386 

Educational Institutions 15.70 91,458 

Campus Christian Life 1.75 10,232 

N. C. Council of Churches .09 515 

Synod's Office 1.20 7,024 

Presbyterian News .67 3,864 

Presbyterian Synod Foundation .022 129 

Revolving Salary Fund 1.02 5,930 

Total to Synod 29.91 $174,208 

III. Presbytery's Causes: 

Church Extension 17.17 $100,000 

Christian Education 1.46 8,525 

Total to Presbytery 18.63 $108,525 

IV. Grand Total $582,449 

To get the special amount for The Presbyterian Home, multiply 
your regular apportionment by .00442. 

The Thanksgiving Offering for Presbyterian Orphans' Home 
should, as a minimum, be your regular apportionment multiplied by 
.0442. 

Committee on Homes — Mr. J. B. Watt submitted through 
the Stated Clerk the following written report: 

PRESBYTERIAN ORPHANS' HOME 

Barium Springs, N. C. 

Report from Barium is most favorable. Illness among the children 
has been at a minimum and joy and happiness abound. The Home 
operated during 1955 entirely without deficit and Mr. McClure requests 
that the churches in Mecklenburg Presbytery be thanked for their 
generosity. 

A cordial invitation is extended by Mr. McClure and the Staff 
to all Presbyterians to visit the Home to see what is being done there. 
Also, there is available just for the asking a 16MM sound and color 
film. This film is entitled "When the Bough Breaks" which is a story 
of actual life at Barium and made by the boys and girls themselves. 
All of us, of course, are urged to keep this Home constantly in our 
prayers. 



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PRESBYTERIAN HOME 

High Point, N. C. 

The Presbyterian Home is now filled to more than its intended 
capacity of sixty-one members. Its present membership is sixty-four. 
Of this number there are eleven from Mecklenburg Presbytery. The 
present cost of care per annum is $1,850.00 per member, which means 
that the care of the eleven members from Mecklenburg will cost 
$20,350.00. Of this amount these members themselves contributed in 
1955 $10,440.00. As best that can be determined, the Home received 
direct from churches in Mecklenburg Presbytery and through the 
Presbytery's office during 1955 a total of $6,402.13. This total, plus 
the amount contributed by the members themselves, makes a total of 
$16,848.13. These figures, as you can see, reveal a deficit which should 
be called to the attention of every church. This deficit could very 
easily be met if all the churches would observe Mother's Day as a 
special day for the Home. Too few churches in the Presbytery are 
doing this. 

It is suggested that pastors visit the Home and encourage in- 
dividuals and delegations from their churches to visit. The Board of 
Trustees believes that there is too little knowledge of what the 
Presbyterians of North Carolina have in this newest project and is 
anxious that they visit there. It is only a two-hour drive from any part 
of the Presbytery and if given 24-hour notice, the Staff will arrange 
lunch for visitors at $1.00 each. 

Standing Committees — The Committee on Bills and Over- 
tures reported no items of business. 

The Committee on Installations reported through its Chairman, 
Rev. E. Lee Stoffel, as follows: 

1. The following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery to 
install Rev. B. Hoyt Evans as Pastor of the Hopewell Church on Sun- 
day, September 30, 1956 at 7:30 P.M., Rev. J. E. Wayland to preside 
and propound the Constitutional Questions, Rev. Joe McClure to preach 
the sermon, Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. to charge the pastor, and Mr. 
Vernon Patterson to charge the congregation, and Elder A. R. Shaw 
to complete the Commission and Rev. James Crook and Elder J. R. 
Thompson to serve as Alternates. 

2. That the following be appointed a Commission of Presbytery 
to install Rev. James E. Ratchford as Pastor of the West Ave. Church, 
October 7, 7:30 P.M., Dr. H. V. Carson, to preside and propound the 
Constitutional Questions, Dr. R. C. Long to preach, Rev. Frank S. 
Johnston to charge the pastor, Ruling Elder W. Preston Summerville 
to charge the Congregation, and Elder R. L. Puckett to complete the 
Commission. Rev. Sam Zealy and Elder C. L. Elliott to serve as Alter- 
nates. 

3. That the following be appointed as a Commission of Presbytery 
to install Rev. Stewart Yandle as Pastor of the Commonwealth Church 
Sunday, November 18, 7:30 P.M.; Rev. A. Leslie Thompson to preside 
and propound the Constitutional Questions, Rev. L. I. Stell to preach, 
Rev. J. O. Mann to charge the Congregation and Ruling Elder W. E. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 51 



Price to charge the Pastor. Rev. Sam Inman and Elder S. J. Harris 
to serve as Alternates. 

4. That a quorum of the Commissions be set at two ministers and 
one ruling elder. 

The report was adopted. 

The Committee on Judicial Business reported no business. 

Committee on Assembly's Minutes — A report of this Com- 
mittee's work v^as made by the Chairman, Rev. Joe S. Mc- 
Clure and was received as information. The following two 
recommendations made by the Committee were adopted: 

1. That the question of the "Ordination of Women as Elders or 
Deacons" be considered and the necessary changes in the Book of 
Church Order be voted on at the January meeting of Presbytery. 

2. That the question of "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage" be 
considered at the January meeting of Presbytery also, along with 
the consideration of deletion of Paragraphs 5, 6 of Chapter XXIV 
on Marriage and Divorce. 

Resolutions — The Committee on Resolutions made its re- 
port through the Rev. William Lytch, Chairman. The report 
was adopted and admitted to the record. 

The Presbytery expresses its appreciation to the Committee on 
Christian Education for its splendid work in arranging for this meeting 
of Presbytery. It expresses its special thanks to Rev. Jame R. Crook, 
Chairman, and to Mr. "Nick" Sloan, Superintendent of the camp who 
supervised the preparation of the meal, and to all his helpers. 

The Presbytery notes with gratification the additions that have 
been made to the camp site since the last meeting of Presbytery here. 

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Presbytery on the 
leadership of Mr. Norton Stribling on the development of the camp. 
His term of office as the camp properties committee expires today. 

We express our gratitude to the elders, both ruling and teaching, 
who led us to the Lord's Table. 

Respectfully, 

Mr. Harold Burney 

Rev. Fred Holder t 

Rev. BiU Lytch, Ch. 

The Ad-Interim Committe on the question "when to give 
the deed of title of property to an organized congregation" 
made its report through its Chairman, Rev. James E. Fogartie. 
The motion was made that the report be received and the 
recommendations adopted. 

This Committee recommends that the Presbytery give its Com- 
mittee on Home Missions the following instructions: 



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1. The policy of the Presbytery is to transfer title as soon as there 
is reasonable ground for believing that the property will be 
adequately safeguarded and maintained for continued use in the 
work of this Presbytery, taking into consideration that so long as the 
local congregation receives financial aid from the Presbytery, the 
Committee on Home Missions is in a position to advise and instruct 
the officers of the local Church and require from them such reports 
concerning the maintenance of the Church property and the financial 
affairs of the congregation as the Committee deems appropriate. 

2. The Presbytery is willing to rely on the good judgment of its 
Committee as to the capabilities of a local church and does not require 
that the local church meet any prescribed tests or prove itself in any 
particular manner, such as by becoming self-sustaining, or otherwise. 

3. The Committee is urged to give prompt and serious considera- 
tion to any request for the transfer of title and report its recommenda- 
tion to the Presbytery without delay. 

Respectfully submitted, 

James E. Fogartie, Chairman 

Warner L. Hall 

David J. Craig 

Frank Orr 

R. S. Hutchison 

A motion was made by Rev. Robert Turner that Presbytery 
express its thanks to the First Presbyterian Church for the use 
of the property in which the offices of Presbytery are housed. 
The motion was enthusiastically carried. 

Committee on Nominations — The Rev. I. Howard Chadwick 
reported the nomination of Rev. Ben Moore to fill the un- 
expired term of Rev. Chas. G. McClure on Presbytery's Council. 
He was elected. The request of Mr. Beaumert Whitton to be 
excused from serving on the Committee on Nominations was 
accepted and granted. Mr. Lewis Rose, Elder of the Myers Park 
Church, was elected to fill the vacancy on the Nominations 
Committee. 

Consolidated College Campaign — A statement was made by 
the Moderator, Mr. Joe McLaney who has been serving as 
Chairman of Presbytery's Committee on the Financial Cam- 
paign for the New College. Rev. Lawrence L Stell expressed 
concern for the phase of the Christian Campus program as re- 
lated to the State Institutions in the Synod. 

New Business — Rev. Clyde Pratt reported for the World 
Missions Committee. The recommendation was made and 
granted that on a given Sunday the ministers of the Presbytery 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 53 

exchange pulpits and preach on Missions. In case of churches 
having as many as two ministers, or in case of retired min- 
isters, and ministers serving in other capacities, that all these 
men be used to fill the pulpits of fields which have more than 
one church. Dr. W. M. Walsh was elected to work out the de- 
tails of the exchange. 

Rev. Shelton Hutchison called attention to a worthwhile 
book entitled "People's Padre" and offered to loan copies to 
interested ministers. 

Rev. Malcolm Williamson called Presbytery's attention to 
the changes in the statistical reports to the General Assembly, 
in particular the fact that the nearest dollar only is wanted. 

Place of Next Meeting — Rev. Sam Inman extended an 
invitation from the Selwyn Avenue Church for the winter 
meeting of Presbytery. It was very graciously accepted. 

A motion was made that the Minutes of Presbytery be 
adopted as read. Presbytery voted to adjourn to meet Tuesday, 
January 15, 1957 at the Selwyn Avenue Church at 9 A.M. The 
Presbytery adjourned with the Apostolic Benediction, pro- 
nounced by the Rev. Shelton Hutchison. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Joe W. McLaney, Sr., Moderator 



Malcolm R. Williamson, Stated Clerk 
A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

INDEX 

Two Hundred Fourteenth Stated Meeting 

Opening Exercises Page 41 

Memorials Page 41 

History Page 41 

Roll of Ministers and Elders Page 42 

Visitors Page 43 

Moderator Elected Page 43 

Committee on Arrangements Page 43 

The Docket Pages 43-44 

Communications Page 44 

Standing Committees Page 44 

Ministerial Education Report Page 45 

Ministers Received Pages 45-46 

Moderator Nominated Page 46 

Consolidated College Report Page 46 

Commission on Minister and His Work Report Pages 46-47 

Commissions on Installations Pages 47-48 

Presbytery's Council Report Pages 48-49 

Committee on Homes Pages 49-50 

Standing Committees Pages 50-51 

Ad-Interim Report Pages 51-52 

Nominations Committee Report Page 52 

Consolidated College Campaign Report Page 52 

New Business Pages 52-53 

Time and Place of Next Meeting Page 53 

Adjournment Page 53 



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215th Stated Meeting 

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

January 15, 1957 

Called Meeting 

Covenant Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

March 5, 1957 

216th Stated Meeting 

Clanton Memorial Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

April 16, 1957 

Next Stated Meeting 

Westminster Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

July 16, 1957 



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Volume 1 i Number 6 



215th Stated Meeting 

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

January 15, 1957 



Called Meeting 

Covenant Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

March 5, 1957 



216th Stated Meeting 

Clanton Memorial Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

April 16, 1957 



Next Stated Meeting 

Westminster Presbyterian Church 

Charlotte, N. C. 

July 16, 1957 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



DOCKET SCHEDULE 



WINTER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Records of Presbytery 

(c) Education 

(d) Assembly's Work 

(e) Ministerial Education 

(f) Christian Education 
Election of Commissioners to 

General Assembly 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 

SPRING MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Church Extension 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Presbytery's Council 

(d) Sessional Records 

(e) Synod's Minutes 
Reports of Treasurers and 

Trustees 
New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



SUMMER MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Records of Presbytery 

(d) Nominations 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



FALL MEETING 

Organization of Presbytery 
Communion Service 
History and Memorials 
Reception of Ministers and 

Candidates 
Calls for Pastors and Supplies 
Reports of Commissions and 

Committees 

(a) Presbytery's Council 

(b) Ministerial Education 

(c) Assembly's Minutes 

(d) Homes 

New and Unfinished Business 
Place of Next Meeting 
Nominate Moderator 
Adopt Minutes 
Adjourn 



The Stated Session of Presbytery convenes at 9:00 A.M. on 
the third Tuesday in each quarter. 



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DIRECTORY 

OFFICERS OF THE PRESBYTERY 

Rev. David E. Wilkinson, Moderator of Winter Meeting 
Rev. W. M. Boyce, Moderator of Spring Meeting 
Rev. M. R. WiUiamson, Stated Clerk (1958) 
Rev. R. W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk (1957) 
Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Assistant Clerk (1959) 
Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary (1959) 

TRUSTEES 

Davidson College — Elected for Four Years: 

1959— Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. I. W. Stewart, Charlotte, N. C. 
1960— Mr. George S. Crouch, Mr. H. W. Moore, Rev. W. L. Hall 

Presbytery — 

1957— Mr. Thomas C. Ruff, Charlotte, N. C. 

1958 — Mr. John S. Cansler, Charlotte, N. C, Chairman 

1959— Mr. W. H. Abernathy, Charlotte, N. C. 

COMMISSIONS 

The Minister and His Work: 

Chairman — Rev. H. S. Robinson 
1957— Rev. W. L. Hall, Mr. R. L. Puckett 

1958— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Rev. E. B. Cooper, Mr. C. A. Hunter 
1959— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Sr., Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. 
Mr. Jones Y. Pharr. 

COMMITTEES 

Assembly's Work: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 
Sub Committee on World Missions 
1957— Mr. J. W. McLaney, Chairman 
1958— Rev. F. C. Pratt 
1959— Rev. W. M. Walsh 

Sub Committee on Annuities and Relief — 

1957— Mr. Gregory Sutcliffe 

1958— Rev. W. M. Boyce 

1959— Rev. D. E. Wilkinson, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Woman's Work — 

1957— Rev. S. M. Hutchison 
1958— Rev. S. A. Ritchie 
1959— Mr. R. A. Grier 

Sub Committee on General Fund Agencies — 
1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson 
1958— Mr. T. M. Barnhardt, Chairman 



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Church Extension: 

Chairman— Rev. E. Lee Stoffel 

Sub Committee on Christian Relations — 

1957— Mr. LeGette Blythe, Chairman 

1958— Rev. C. H. Rowan 

1959— Rev. W. E. Lytch 

Sub Committee on Evangelism — 

1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Chairman, Mr. McAlister Carson 

1958— Rev. H. M. Jefferson, Mr. T. M. Glasgow 

1959— Rev. I. H. Chadwick 

Sub Committee on Radio 

1957— Rev. T. W. MacLean 

1958— Rev. J. S. Garner 

1959 — Mr. J. R. Covington, Chairman 

Sub Committee on Home Missions — 

1957— Rev. Robert Turner, Chairman, Mr. Irwin Belk, Rev. R. F. 

Whitley 
1958— Rev. E. L. Stoffel, Mr. W. E. Price, Mr. John C. Bradley 
1959— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Rev. A. C. Dean, Mr. N. G. Speir 

Education: 

Chairman— Rev. L. I. Stell 

Sub Committee on Education Institutions — 

1957— Rev. R. F. Whitley, Chairman, Mr. W. H. Earnhardt 

1958— Rev. W. G. Workman, Mr. R. V. Mason 

1959— Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr. 

Sub Committee on Campus Christian Life — 

1957— Mr. Frank Orr 

1958— Rev. L. I. Stell 

1959— Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

Presbytery's Council: 

Chairman — Rev. A. L. Thompson 

Ex-Officio — The Moderator and the Stated Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The President and Treasurer Women of the Church 

1957— Rev. A. L. Thompson, Rev. J. R. Crook, Mr. C. M. Hassell 

1958— Rev. Ben Moore, Rev. R. A. Young, Mr. C. G. Sellers 

1959— Rev. E. L. Stoffel, Rev. C. S. Miller, Mr. J. B. Kuykendall 

Ministerial Education: 

Chairman — Rev. S. M. Inman 

1957— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. H. C. Alexander, Rev. C. E. S. Kraemer 

1958— Rev. H. G. Bedinger, Rev. W. H. Johnson, 

Mr. S. H. McCall, Jr. 
1959— Rev. S. M. Inman, Rev. J. A. Jones, Mr. John C. Otts 



Homes: 



Chairman— Mr. J. B. Watt 

1957— Rev. C. Don Coffey, Rev. Jas. B. Sherwood, Mr. J. B. Watt 

1958— Rev. W. F. Mitchell, Rev. M. R. Williamson, 

Mr. Plato Davenport 
1959— Rev. G. E. Dixon, Rev. C. G. Pepper, Mr. C. A. Dunn 



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Nominations: 

Chairman — Rev. I. Howard Chadwick 

1957— Rev. S. H. Zealy, Rev. R. M. Kerr, Mr. A. R. Shaw 
1958— Rev. W. T. Smith, Rev. M. R. WiUiamson, Mr. C. W. Gilchrist 
1959— Rev. I. Howard Chadwick, Rev. L. I. Stell, Mr, Lewis Rose 

Christian Education: 

Chairman — Rev. J. R. Crook 

1957— Rev. J. R. Crook, Rev. Robert Turner, Mr. T. P. Graham 
Ex-Officio-Pres. of S.S.S. Asso. — Mr. Decatur Jones 
Presbyterial Chairman of Ed. — Mrs. W. I. Henderson 
Pres. Men of Presbytery — Mr. David R. Wilson 
Pres. Youth Fellowship — Mr. Lamar Thomas 
1958— Rev. F. C. Holder, Rev. S. W. Yandle, Mr. H. D. Niven 
1959— Rev. R. M. Kerr, Rev. J. E. Fogartie, Mr. G. C. McCall 



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ROLL OF 


MINISTERS 


1. 


J. W. Grier 


56. 


W. M. Boyce. D.D. 


2. 


Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D. 


57. 


Russell M. Kerr 


3. 


M. E. Peabody 


58. 


J. B. Reaves 


4. 


W. H. Johnston 


59. 


Stewart W. Yandle 


5. 


B. Frank Yandell 


60. 


J. E. Wayland, Jr. 


6. 


W. C. Copeland 


61. 


B. F. Ferguson 


7. 


J. C. Grier 


62. 


James R. Crook 


8. 


T. R. Alexander 


63. 


Sheldon A. Koesy 


9. 


A. T. Taylor 


64. 


J. S. Garner 


10. 


M. B. Prince, Jr. 


65. 


S. Wyhe Hogue 


11. 


W. B. Neill 


66. 


W. G. Workman, Ph.D. 


12. 


C. D. Whiteley, D.D. 


67. 


C. McD. Coffey 


13. 


R. A. Young, D.D. 


68. 


I. Howard Chadwick 


14. 


Chas. M. Boyd, D.D. 


69. 


W. S. Boyce 


15. 


A. L. Roberts 


70. 


Robert Turner 


16. 


Daniel K. Snyder 


71. 


Andrew A. Allen 


17. 


W. T. Smith 


72. 


Dwight L. Barker 


18. 


Jas. A. Jones, D.D. 


73. 


Richard V. Colen 


-19. 


Jno. R. Rosebro, D.D. 


74. 


W. F. Mitchell 


20. 


R. H. Stone, D.D. 


75. 


W. T. Taylor 


21. 


Robert F. Boyd, Th.D. 


76. 


Fred C. Holder 


22. 


Sam M. Inman 


77. 


C. D. Caldwell 


23. 


J. O. Mann, D.D. 


78. 


Hugh M. Jefferson 


24. 


F. Clyde Pratt 


79. 


M. R. WiUiamson 


25. 


Jonas Barclay 


80. 


E. L. Stoffel, Th.D. 


26. 


W. M. Walsh, D.D. 


81. 


J. L. Doom 


27. 


Samuel McP. Glasgow, D.D. 


82. 


T. Duke Williams 


28. 


A. Leslie Thompson 


83. 


W. E. Lytch 


29. 


Roy F. Whitley, Th.D. 


84. 


Leighton S. Ford 


30. 


Chas. E. S. Kraemer, D.D. 


85. 


J. S. McClure 


31. 


C. C. McNeill, D.D. 


86. 


W. N. Clark 


32. 


Warner L. Hall, Ph.D. 


87. 


W. D. Lively 


33. 


T. W. MacLean 


88. 


S. A. Ritchie 


34. 


Homer A. Spencer 


89. 


G. E. Dixon 


35. 


Jno. A. Carriker 


90. 


E. A. McLeod 


36. 


Henry S. Robinson 


91. 


C. G. Pepper 


37. 


S. M. Hutchison 


92. 


O. W. PerreU 


38. 


C. H. Rowan 


93. 


J. E. Fogartie 


39. 


R. C. Long, D.D. 


94. 


C. S. Albright 


40. 


D. S. Chalabie 


95. 


John R. Crawford 


41. 


H. G. Bedinger, D.D. 


96. 


M. S. Bell 


42. 


Carl S. Miller 


97. 


A. Clarke Dean 


43. 


Ben F. Moore 


98. 


Hoyt Evans 


44. 


H. V. Carson, D.D. 


99. 


John King 


45. 


W. J. Huneycutt 


100. 


James B. Sherwood 


46. 


Samuel H. Zealy 


101. 


M. A. Cochrane, Jr. 


47. 


W. B. McSwain 


102. 


James E. Ratchford 


48. 


Roy E. Hoke, Ph.D. 


103. 


Stuart D. Currie 


49. 


D. E. Wilkinson 


104. 


Frank S. Jones 


50. 


E. B. Cooper 


105. 


Arthur Sanders 


51. 


Ira H. Rawles 


106. 


Joe E. Stowe 


52. 


Lawrence I. Stell, D.D. 


107. 


A. B. Montgomery 


53. 


J. Gilbert Kirckhoff 


108. 


T. E. Nelson 


54. 


R. W. Rayburn 


109. 


George W. Powell 


55. 


W. M. Boyce, Jr. 


110. 


R. Flay Riddle 


•Deceased 


111. 


Harry H. Bryan 



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ROLL OF CHURCHES 



Churches Clerk of Session 

Albemarle First H. P. Morrow 

125 S. 5th St. 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Albemarle Second S. A. Boaz, Jr. 

Albemarle, N. C. 

Altan J. A. Lowery 

Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Amay James Edgar Goodwin 

1822 Patton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Amity Carl Fincher 

419 Richland Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Avondale L. H. Meacham 

2804 Avondale Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Badin A. C. Gardner 

Badin, N. C. 

Banks John A. Kell 

Rt. 2, PineviUe, N. C. 

Belk P. S. Snipes 

1011 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Benton Heights John Crook, Jr. 

Secrest Short Cut Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethany Roy Snipes 

209 Welch Ave. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Bethel J. W. Knox, Rt. 2 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Bethlehem Buford A. Price 

Rt. 7, Box 322, 
Monroe, N. C. 

Beulah E. H. Webb 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. 

Biscoe C. R. Poole 

Biscoe, N. C. 

Caldwell Memorial R. V. Mason 

811 E. Morehead 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. T. Boysworth 
Rt. 2 
Albemarle, N. C. 

C. O. Josey 
Albemarle Radio Co. 
Albemarle, N. C. 
Odus Doster 
Rt. 4, Monroe, N. C. 

Mrs. Eva Horsley 
Rt. 4, Box 113 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Bill Sigmon 
4804 Doris Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

W. E. Loftin 

2609 Idlewood Circle 

Charlotte, N. C. 

S. E. Beck 
Badin, N. C. 

F. Parks Stephenson, Jr, 
Rt. 2, Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Glenn A. Roberts 
1309 Choyce Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Neal Tucker 
1108 Cherry St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Roy Snipes 
Monroe, N. C. 

H. B. Knox 
Davidson, N. C. 

Buford A. Price 
Rt. 7, Box 322 
Monroe, N. C. 

R. L. Long 

Rt. 3, Pageland, S. C. 

C. R. Lawrance 
Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

C. W. Burns 
1413 Plaza 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Camden D. E. Phillips Miss Ethel Hildrcth 

Rt. 3 Rt. 3 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 

Cameronian B. Lee McNeely Hollis Gillis 

Rt. 3 205 Biltmore Dr. 

Rockingham, N. C. E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Camp Greene J. O. Hawfield James Major 

2418 Remount Road 4718 Longwood Dr. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Candor D. C. Ewing, Jr. K. A. McLeod 

Candor, N. C. Candor, N. C. 

Central Steele Creek . R. R. Grier C. F. Blackwelder 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C.Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte First Samuel W. Smith W. N. Ward 

1629 Hertford Rd. 1934 Crescent Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Clanton Memorial E. B. Clanton L. O. Stikeleather 

Rt. 3 4109 York Road 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Commonwealth W. E. Arnett H. B. Carter 

4831 Elder Ave. 1431 Cyrus Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Cooks Memorial Crosby A. Dunn D. A. McClure 

Rt. 9, Box 163 Rt. 6, Box 797-J 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius R. W. Goodrum J. E. Baxter 

Box 41 Cornelius, N. C. 
Cornelius, N. C. 

Covenant T. M. Barnhardt, Jr. W. A. Montgomery 

Box 2176 1000 E. Morehead 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Eastminster C. E. Reneau W. A. Sholin 

2217 Bay St. 3315 Washburn Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

East Monroe Grady Williams Gene Williams 

Rt. 1, Monroe, N. C. Route 1 

Wingate, N. C. 

EUerbe First W. S. McRae R. W. Carriker 

Ellerbe, N. C. Ellerbe, N. C. 

Forest Hills Calvin C. Sloan E.L.Nance 

1533 N. Independence Rt. 3, Box 438 

Blvd. Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Hamlet First C. M. Pepper Joseph T. Meacham 

303 Henderson St. 201 Juanita Ave. 

Hamlet, N. C. Hamlet, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Hawley Memorial Carlton Billingsley 

Box 71, Polkton, N. C, 

Hopewell Joe L. Puckett, Sr. 

Rt. 1 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Huntersville E, F. Kumm 

Box 115 
Huntersville, N. C. 

Indian Hill R. F. Furr 

Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 

Indian Trail J. W. Shaffer 

Rt. 2 
Matthews, N. C. 

Locust T. M. Hartsell 

Locust, N. C. 

Macedonia J. R. Maness 

Rt. 1, Biscoe, N. C. 

Mallard Creek W. B. Bingham 

Rt. 7, Box 612 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Marks Creek C. O. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

Marshville Dr. C. A. Bolt 

Box 368 Marshville 

Marston A. W. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Matthews N. O. Alexander 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 

McGee R. H. Beatty 

207 N. Cloudman St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

McLean W. M. Lovin 

Rt. 1, EUerbe, N. C. 

McQuay Memorial John R. Litaker 

3429 Mathis Dn 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Monroe First W. H. Morrison 

Wadesboro Rd. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Morgan Memorial Rafe Williams 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Morven W. E. Stegall 

Morven, N. C. 

Mt. Caimel M. Lee Mclnnis 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mrs. E. F. Billingsley 
Box 84, Polkton, N. C. 

C. B. Whitley 

Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. Mike Dwyer 
Huntersville, N. C. 

J. W. Morgan 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

Clebern Kellough 
Indian Trail, N. C. 

M. E. Smith 
Locust, N. C. 

Daniel J. McCaskill 
Rt. 1, Candor, N. C. 

Hoyle Holland 
Rt. 7 
Charlotte, N. C. 

H. C. McRae 

Rt. 1, Hamlet, N. C. 

G. Oscar Perkins 
Marshville, N. C. 

W. D. McKay 

Rt. 1, Marston, N. C. 

Eugene Yandell 
Matthews, N. C. 

Leroy Lakey 
Rt. 6, Box 797-R 
Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. McCaskille, Jr. 
Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 

A. A. Clark 

1913 Greene Blvd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

John W. Cashion 
204 Harvard St. 
Monroe, N. C. 

Sybil Huneycutt 

Rt. 2, Stanfield, N. C. 

V. L. Wall, Jr. 
Morven, N. C. 

J. C. Comer 

Rt. 1, Ellerbe, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Mt. Gilead R. A. McRae 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 
Mulberry F. L. Marshall 

624 S. Summit Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Myers Park J. Lacy McLean 

2024 Beverly Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Nevin Ralph Button 

4326 Highland Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
New Salem O. L. Efird 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C 
Newell S. B. Wilson 

Newell, N. C. 

Norman C. E. Martin 

Norman, N. C. 
North Charlotte Joe W. Hardison 

1732 Academy St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Norwood R. B. Winchester 

Norwood, N. C. 

Oakboro E. O. Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C 

Pageland Jack Turner 

Pageland, S. C. 

Park Avenue R. Lamar Smith 

Rt. 2 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Paw Creek R. W. Summerville 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C, 

Pee Dee J. V. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C 

Philadelphia E. Ross Cathey 

Rt. 3, Matthews, N. C. 

Pineville Roy G. Starnes 

Pineville, N. C. 

Plaza J. D. McCluer 

422 Richmond Drive 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Pleasant Hill C. L. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 
Providence Jas A. Blakeney 

Rt. 1, Matthews, N. C. 
Ramah J. G. Caldwell 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 
Rehoboth F. Albert Gordon 

Waxhaw, N. C. 



Treasurer 

J. E. Poe 

Rt. 2, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. T. Springs 

Rt. 5, Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Ross 

2501 Oxford Place 

Charlotte 4, N. C. 

Robert Ritchie 

Rt. 11, Box 332A 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. C. Moore 

Rt. 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Hayden Roberts 

Rt. 8, Box 150 

Charlotte, N. C. 

John Gallimore 

Norman, N. C. 

W. L. Howie 

912 Anderson St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Ussery 

Norwood, N. C. 

Miss Viola Ross 

Rt. 4, Albemarle, N. C. 

Calvin Thaxton 

Pageland, S. C. 

C. W. Johnson 

Rt. 2 

Rockingham, N. C. 

R. W. Cox 

Rt. 6, Charlotte, N. C. 

Mrs. C. W. Ussery 

Rt. 3, Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

J. M. Lonon 

Rt. 1, Charlotte, N. C. 

Robt. C. Hair 

Pineville, N. C. 

J. M. Dew 

1210 Aylesford Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. S. Choate 

Rt. 1, Pineville, N. C. 

N. C. Grier 

Rt. 2, Matthews, N. C. 

C. D. Bradford 

Rt. 1 

Huntersville, N. C. 

Miss Hope Sims 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session 

Ridgecrest G. S. Furr 

Rt. 3 

Albemarle, N. C. 
Robinson Perry C. Hood 

Rt. 8, Charlotte, N. C 

Rockingham First C. R. McNair 

Box 416 

Rockingham, N. C. 
Rourk H. P. Shaw 

Route 3 

Rockingham, N. C. 
St. Paul M. G. Yarbrough 

3126 Airlie St. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Salem Frank Faulkner 

Rt. 2, Peachland, N. C. 
Sardis Randolph Norton 

Sardis Rd. 

Charlotte 7, N. C. 

Seigle Avenue Ray L. Gardner 

1728 Berryhill Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Selwyn Avenue C. H. Wheatley 

3136 Pinehurst Place 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sharon E. F. Smith 

Rt. 2, Box 942 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Siler R. A. Plyler 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Six Mile Creek J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

Smallwood R. L. Shields 

110 N. Gardner Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

South Park George Midgett 

3614 Eastway Drive 

Charlotte, N. C. 
South Tryon Street ... W. T. Reeder 

1616 Madison Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Steele Creek Mack P. Brown 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 
Star J. F. Allen 

Box 171 

Star, N. C. 



Treasurer 

Mrs. Mary Lee Lambert 
Rt. 1 

Stanfield, N. C. 
J. C. Duhn 

.4222 Hickory Grove Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
J. W. Henderson 
Box 358 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Ralph Smith 

Rt. 3, Rockingham, N. C. 

S. Hoyle Long, Jr. 
2504 Laburnum Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Joe Kiker 
Pageland, S. C. 

C. B. Baird 
C.M.R., Sardis Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Sam Schulken 

2226 Chesterfield Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Law 

2426 Westfield Rd. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

W. T. Stanford 
Rt. 2 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Fleet Davis 

Rt. 1, Waxhaw, N. C. 

J. R. Perry 

Box 37 

Ft. Mill, S. C. 

W. M. Ratteree 

114 N. Gardner Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

L. B. Williams 
327 Hartford Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Jake Mitchell 
400 Basin St. 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Robert O. Byrum 

Rt. 3, Charlotte, N. C. . 

Barna Allen 
Box 83 
Star, N. C. 



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Churches Clerk of Session Treasurer 

Stephenson W. M. Pressley Jack Baucom 

Rt. 1 Rt. 1 

Indian Trail, N. C. Indian Trail, N. C. 

Sugaw Creek W. Parks Wilson T. M. Andrews 

Rt. 11, Box 182 Rt. 7, Box 402 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Sunset Hills W. C. Washam J.M.Hope 

510 Magnolia Ave. 619 Magnolia Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Third J. Clarence Brumley Charles R. Moore 

2229 E. 5th Street 1145 Coddington Place 
Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Thomasboro H. P. Cathey M. H. Cathey 

322 Hovis Cr. 403 Wabash Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Trinity •. Harold K. Couch N. F. Williamson 

Rt. 2 2114 Dilworth Rd., E. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Troy S. H. McCall, Jr. G. M. Moore 

Box 325 Troy, N. C. 

Troy, N. C. 

Turner C. H. Biggers George Simpson 

Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 5, Monroe, N. C. 

Unionville J. V. Mullis Mrs. Maude M. Brooks 

Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. Rt. 2, Monroe, N. C. 

Wadesboro F. P. Boylin J. W. Scarboro 

Wadesboro, N. C. Wadesboro, N. C. 

Walkersville C. L. McCain Knox R. McCain 

Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. Rt. 2, Waxhaw, N. C. 

Watson Heights Marvin McGill D. A. McGill 

E. Rockingham, N. C. E. Rockingham, N. C. 

Waxhaw T. R. Nisbet B. E. Hudson 

Box 217 Waxhaw, N. C. 

Waxhaw, N. C. 

West Avenue H. Morrison Irwin Shaw E. Pender 

1654 Sterling Rd. 122 Irwin Ave. 

Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

Westminster C. G. Sellers L. M. Morrison 

327 Sardis Rd. Circle 1959 Harris Road 
Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte, N. C. 

E. M. Winters 
1220 Princeton Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
C. J. Burris 
Rt. 9, Charlotte, N. C. 
H. F. Porter 
1741 Wilmore Dr. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



Westover Hills 

Williams Memorial 
Wilmore 



C. F. Jackson 
1515 Kimberly Rd. 
Charlotte, N. C. 
R. L. Puckett 
Rt. 11, Charlotte, N. C. 
T. A. Greene 
215 W. Park Ave. 
Charlotte, N. C. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

The Two Hundred Fifteenth 

Stated Meeting of 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Selwyn Ave. Presbyterian Church 
Charlotte, N. C. 
January 15, 1957 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in its Two Hundred 
Fifteenth Stated Session at the Selwyn Ave. Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, N. C. at 9 A.M. on the above date. The 
opening worship was conducted by the Moderator, Ruling Elder 
Joe W. McLaney. The Rev. Sam M. Inman led in prayer. The 
Moderator brought a message on World Missions based on 
Matthew 28:18b. 

The History of Selwyn Avenue Church — The Rev. Sam M. 
Inman, Host Pastor of the Selwyn Ave. Church presented the 
history of the Selwyn Ave. Church, which was adopted and is 
as follows: ^ 

HISTORY OF 
SELWYN AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

The history of the Selwyn Avenue Church is rather adequately 
recorded in the Minutes of Mecklenburg Presbytery. The story of its 
beginning is recorded in great detail and at considerable length in the 
report of the Commission to Organize the church found on Page 15 
of the minutes of the One Hundred Fifty-Fifth stated session on Jan- 
uary 20, 1942. 

On January 15, 1946 Presbytery held its One Hundred Seventy 
First stated session in this church at which time a history of the 
church was presented. 

It is our purpose in this history to bring the Presbytery up to date 
and to record only those events of significance that have taken place 
since the last visit of the Presbytery. 

The most significant work in the church for the past decade has 
been the completion of an adequate and permanent church building. 
When Presbytery met with us in 1946 we were meeting in a temporary- 
frame building erected during the second world war. With the ending 
of the war, the church moved forward rapidly to project plans for a 
permanent building. In 1949 the work was started on the first unit. 
This building provided a very large fellowship hall with well equipped 



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rooms to house the children's division of our Sunday School and the 
week day kindergarten school. From 1949 to 1955 the fellowship hall 
was used for worship as the facilities of the temporary chapel were 
no longer adequate to house the congregation. 

As soon as the congregation occupied these new facilities it be- 
came immediately apparent that the completion of the building would 
have to go forward as rapidly as possible. 

In May of 1954 work began on the sanctuary and the remaining 
portions of the educational building. On July 31, 1955 the congregation 
worshipped for the first time in the new sanctuary. It was an occasion 
of great joy and thanksgiving and the Session directed that the 
service be one of consecration. The Lord's Table was prepared and it 
was about this table that the congregation gathered to give thanks 
to Him who is the great Head of the Church for the manifestations 
of His presence and power in the program of the new church. 

Presbytery comes to us at an important time in the life of this 
congregation. Sunday, January 13th, was the fifteenth anniversary of 
the formal organization of the church by the Presbytery. It marked the 
closing of an era of beginnings and launched the church on a new era 
of mature service. 

It is hard to tell the story of a church in figures and statistics, 
for the story of this church has been one of love and sacrifice and 
dedicated service to Christ. But as the talents represented the extent of 
service in the parable of our Lord, so we would present a report of our 
work in a few figures that reflect in some small way the labor of love 
on the part of our people. 

From a congregation of 42 members on the day of the organization 
of the church the membership today stands at 552. 

In fifteen years 239 persons have publicly accepted Christ here 
and have joined the church on profession of faith. 586 have been re- 
ceived by letter or reaffirmation of faith. 

The church has always been courageous and generous in its giving 
and has stood high among the churches of the Presbytery, the Synod 
and the Assembly. 

In fifteen years the church has contributed $72,218 to the Benevo- 
lent program of the church, exceeding its benevolent askings every 
year. 

The new congregation has contributed to all causes of the church 
a total of $605,344. 

The church owns five acres of land on which it has erected a 
building valued at approximately $400,000. In addition the church 
owns a nine room manse that will be fully paid for during the year 
1957. The total value of property now held by the church is con- 
servatively estimated to be in the neighborhood of $450,000. 

The program of the church covers all ages. A very active week 
day school with an enrollment of approximately 100, with five well 
trained teachers, is in session throughout the school year. The Sunday 



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School includes departments for all ages from two years up, with the 
departments graded by ages throughout. The educational program 
recommended by our Board of Education is closely followed and every 
effort is made to equip our children, young people and adults with a 
well rounded and adequate faith. 

Various activities make up the full time program of the church 
and a recent survey revealed that approximately 1500 people each 
week use the facilities provided by the church. 

A well trained staff of 12 people coordinates the program and 
assists the minister and organizations. 

Outstanding service has been rendered over the past fifteen years 
by the officers of the church, the permanent building committee, the 
young people's organizations and the Women of the Church. A present 
Sunday School enrollment of 617 reflects the interest of the com- 
munity in this part of our work. 

As the Selwyn Avenue Church enters a new period in her history 
we would express our gratitude to the Presbytery for the faith that 
it had in this church in its founding and the encouragement it has 
given to us through the years. 

THE ROLL — The following were present or were enrolled 
during the meeting of Presbytery: 

Minislers — F. S. Johnston, S. McP. Glasgow, B. F. Ferguson, Roy 
E. Hoke, S. M. Hutchison, F. C. Pratt, W. H. Johnston, Charles M. 
Boyd, Ira H. Rawles, Carl S. Miller, Stuart A. Ritchie, Robert Turner, 
J. Gilbert Kirkhoff, Sheldon F. Koesy, Charles D. Whiteley, A. Clarke 
Dean, T. W. MacLean, A. Leslie Thompson, Malcolm R. Williamson, 
James R. Crook, W. G. Lyerly, Q. N. Huneycutt, Edward B. Cooper, 
Henry D. Bedinger, J. E. Wayland, Jr., M. S. Bell, G. E. Dixon, Stewart 
W. Yandle, Watt M. Cooper, C. H. Rowan, Howard Chadwick, W. M. 
Walsh, David E. Wilkinson, James B. Sherwood, Sam H. Zealy, James 
E. Ratchford, W. B. Neill, W. S. Boyce, Don Coffey, C. S. Albright, 
James L. Doom, R. H. Stone, Arthur T. Taylor, Hoyt Evans, W. G. 
Workman, Roswell Long, Robert W. Rayburn, Leighton Ford, Warner 
Hall, T. Duke WilUams, W. B. McSwain, George Powell, W. F. Mitchell, 
John R. King, Bill Clark, T. E. Nelson, D. K. Snyder, R. A. Young, Fred 
C. Holder, James B. Reaves, Wilham M. Boyce, Jr., Joe S. McClure, 
J. S. Garner, C. D. Caldwell, John A. Carriker, M. A. Cochrane, Jr., 
Russell M. Kerr, Edward A. McLeod, M. B. Prince, Jr., W. Ted Smith, 
Henry S. Robinson, E. L. Stoffel, James C. Fogartie, Claude G. Pepper, 
Richard V. Colen, W. D. Lively, S. W. Hogue, Jr., Hugh M. Jefferson, 
C. H. McLean, W. E. Lytch, Harold D. Hayward, Roy F. Whitley, 
O. W. Perrell (83). 

Elders — Roy Starnes, Pineville; Paul H. Many, Park Avenue; 
Henry Howie, Beulah; Robert F. Ritchie, Nevin; John R. Maness, 
Macedonia; F. A. Norwood, Norwood; Sam Holder, Candor; J. H. 
Howie, Beulah; E. F. Parnell, Tenth Avenue; S. H. McCall, Jr., Troy; 
W. Faison Barnes, Trinity; J. E. Williams, Matthews; Lewis D. Berry- 
hill, Commonwealth; Joe V. Boone, Cornelius; V. J. Guthery, Selwyn 
Ave.; R. V. Mason, Caldwell Memorial; Grover Furr, Ridgecrest; 
Vernon W. Hunter, Sugaw Creek; F. E. Crane, Banks; James R. Perry, 
Six Mile Creek; Roy L. Ranson, Sr., West Avenue; Buford C. Baucom, 



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Plaza; John G. Clarke, North Charlotte; Charles C. Harkins, Sunset 
Hills; A. M. Cathey, McGee; James P. Miller, Thomasboro; B. W. 
Faires, Robinson; C. Henry McGill, Westminster; R. W. Summerville, 
Paw Creek; G. A. Springs, Mulberry; D. S. Cox, Cooks Memorial; 
J. M. Broodwell, Seigle Avenue; George W. Hager, W. H. Belk; T. M. 
Blackwelder, Central Steele Creek; Harold Edwin Collins, South Park; 
Vernon W. Patterson, Sharon; E. H. Walker, Sardis; Fred W. Dodger, 
Jr., Williams Memorial; J. M. Fowler, Siler; Joe W. McLaney, Char- 
lotte First; Robert S. Knox, Bethel; C. Webb Shinn, Ramah; D. R. 
Gattis, St. Paul; J. F. Allen, Star; Leroy Kimbrell, Stephenson; R. A. 
McRae, Mt. Gilead; J. K. Thompson, Pleasant Hill; Harvey B. Hunter, 
Clanton Memorial; LaVern Wells, Eastminster; W. W. Hanks, Cove- 
nant; R. A. Plyler, Siler; Charles M. Hassell, Myers Park; Russell Ran- 
son, Myers Park; D wight S. Cross, Huntersville ; E. J. Stinson, Indian 
Trail; L. P. Scott, Westover Hills; J. B. Watt, Steele Creek; A. R. Shaw, 
Hopewell; Fetzer Hartsell, Albemarle First; W. M. Lovin, McLean; 
W. R. Gibson, Marks Creek; Alfred B. Smith, Rourk; R. H. Fetner, 
Hamlet; J. M. Jenkins, Locust; Rufus M. Johnston, Covenant; S. A. 
Boaz, Jr., Albemarle Second; W. S. McRae, Ellerbe; J. D. Watkins, 
Newell; Hugh Harper, Bethlehem; V. L. Wall, Morven; W. C. Correll, 
Monroe First; J. K. Starnes, Walkersville; John D. Helms, Alton; Pink 
Sutton, Watson Heights; Hewett Haney, Cameronian; R. W. Black- 
welder, Jr., Forest Hills; J. Fred Sigmon, Amity; James A. Blakeney, 
Providence; Vester McLaughlin, Mallard Creek; W. L. Wildermuth, 
Wadesboro First; Jesse T. Nivens, Wilmore; T. D. Eddins, Camden; 

C. S. Harkey, Philadelphia; M. M. Grey, Covenant; J. W. McCall, Wax- 
haw; C. R. Poole, Biscoe; Theodore C. Taylor, South Tryon; John R. 
Litaker, McQuay Memorial; Louis H. Meacham, Avondale; (89). 

The Following Ministers were introduced to the Presby- 
tery and invited to sit as visiting brethren: Rev. George Powell 
of Athens, Rev. T. E. Nelson of Fayetteville, Rev. W. O. Nelson 
of Atlanta, Rev. Frank Jones of Orange Presbytery and Stuart 

D. Currie of Atlanta Presbytery. Dave Hamrick, student assist- 
ant at Selwyn Ave. Church and a student of Louisville Semi- 
nary, was also introduced. 

Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced. 

The Stated Clerk announced that a quorum was present. 

Moderator Elected— The Rev. David E. Wilkinson, Mod- 
erator Nominee, was elected Moderator of the Presbytery. The 
Moderator opened the session of Presbytery with prayer. 

Report Of Committee On Arrangements — The report of the 
Committee was presented by Rev. Sam M. Inman. The printed 
docket was adopted. 

Your Committee on Arrangements recommends that the 
Presbytery adopt the printed Docket with the following modi- 
fications: 



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1. That lunch be served at 1 o'clock and Presbytery reconvene 
at 2:00 P.M. 

2. That the first order after lunch be the election of the Moderator. 

3. That item 17 of the Docket be considered as the third order of 
the day after lunch. 

4. That the two special requests be granted, namely: 

(a) Presbytery hear Dr. James Appleby at 12 o'clock. 

(b) Presbytery hear the report of the Men-of-the-Church while 
ballots for election of Commissioners to the General 
Assembly are being counted. 

Rev. Sam M. Inman, Chairman 
Ruling Elder J. W. McLaney 
Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson 

THE DOCKET 

1. Opening Exercises — Sermon by Retiring Moderator, Joe W. Mc- 
Laney. 

2. Memorials. 

3. History of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church — Rev. S. M. 
Inman. 

4. Enrollment of Presbytery — Members of Presbytery, Visiting 
Brethren, Introduction of Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for 
the first time. 

5. Election of Moderator — Rev. David Wilkinson, Moderator-Nominee. 

6. Report of Committee on Arrangements — Rev. S. M. Inman. 

7. Appointment of Standing Committees. 

(1) Bills and Overtures. 

(2) Installations. 

(3) Judicial Business. 

(4) Records of Presbytery. 

(5) Sessional Records. 

(6) Resolutions. 

8. Communications. 

9. Report of Commissions — 

(1) Minister and His Work— Rev. H. S. Robinson, Chairman. 

(2) Other Commissions. 

10. Reception of Ministers and Candidates. 

11. Calls for Pastors and Supplies. 

12. Report of Executive and Permanent Committees. 

(1) Presbytery's Council — Rev. A. L. Thompson. 

(2) Committee on Ministerial Education — Rev. S. M. Inman. 

(3) Committee on Education — Rev. L. I. Stell. 

(4) Committee on Assembly's Work — Rev. A, L. Thompson. 

(5) Committee on Christian Education — Rev. J. R. Crook. 

(6) Committee on Evangelism (by Request) — Rev. S. H. Zealy. 



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13. Reports of Standing Committees. 

14. Reports of Treasurers and Trustees. 

15. Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly. 

16. Election of Commissioners to the General Assembly (Second order 
after lunch). 

17. Unfinished Business. 

Consideration of the amendments to Book of Church Order rela- 
tive to the Ordination of Women as Ruling Elders and Deacons and 
the amendments to the Confession of Faith relative to Marriage, 
Divorce and Remarriage. 

18. New Business. 

19. Place of Next Meeting. 

20. Nomination of Moderator (First order after lunch). 

21. Reading and adoption of Minutes. 

22. Adjournment with Apostolic Benediction. 

Appointment Of Standing Committees — The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following Standing Committees: 

1. Bills And Overtures: Elder Joe W. McLaney, Chairman; Rev. 
Tom W. MacLean, Elder Cecil Taylor, Elder Charles Hassell. 

2. Installations: Rev. Hugh Jefferson, Chairman; Elder C. G. 
Harkins, Rev. C. G. Pepper, Jr., Elder E. F. Parnell. 

3. Records Of Presbytery: Elder Boyce Ranson, Chairman; Rev. 
Robert Turner, Rev. Wylie Hogue, Elder Buford Baucom. 

4. Sessional Records: Rev. W. M. Boyce, Jr., Chairman; Elder L. P. 
Scott, Rev. James Ratchford, Elder A. R. Shaw. 

5. Resolutions: Rev. James Doom, Chairman; Elder M. M. Grey, 
Elder D. R. Gattis, Rev. W. S. Boyce. 

6. Judicial Business: Rev. Russell Long, Chairman; Elder Louis 
H. Meacham, Rev. O. W. Perrell, Elder H. E. ColHns. 

Alternates: Elder from Ridgecrest, Elder from Troy, Elder from 
Wadesboro, Elder from WaxhaWo 

Communications — The following Communications were 
read and disposed of as indicated: 

1. The following ministers requested to be excused: The Rev. Ben 
Moore, the Rev. Charles E. S. Kraemer, the Rev. James A. Jones, the 
Rev. Lawrence I. Stell, the Rev. B. F. Yandell, the Rev. W. M. Boyce 
and the Rev. W. T. Taylor. The requests were granted. 

2. A request from Rev. Harold D. Hayward for the dissolution of 
the pastoral relationship between himself and the Providence Church 
effective Feb. 1st in order to grant him a letter of dismissal to the 
Presbytery of Albany, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The motion was 



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made and granted with the instruction to add the substance of two 
letters of commendation to the letter of transfer to Albany Presby- 
tery for Mr. Hayward. 

3. From the Steele Creek Church an overture requesting a change 
in the Manual from the third Tuesday to the fourth Tuesday in Jan- 
uary for the winter meeting of Presbytery. The request was referred 
to the Committee on Bills and Overtures. 

4. The following Churches request a change in the Pastor's 
salary, with increases as follows: 

Camden, $200; Candor, $200; Forrest Hill, $300; Macedonia, $200 
Marshville, $200; McQuay, $400; Morven, $200; Monroe, First, $900 
Mt. Gilead, $400; Newall, $300; Pageland, $200; Paw Creek, $300 
Ramah, $400; Rockingham, $210; Salem, $100; Sardis, $1200; Sharon, 
$600; Stephenson, $100; St. Paul, $300; Watson Heights, $200; West 
Avenue, $200. 

These requests were granted. 

5. The Clerk reported that reports of Commissions on Installation 
Services for the following men had been received: The Rev. B. Hoyt 
Evans, Hopewell; the Rev. James Ratchford, West Ave. Church; and 
the Rev. Stewart Yandle, Commonwealth Church. A motion prevailed 
that they be admitted to the record. 

6. A request from the Rev. C. H. McLean requesting a dissolu- 
tion of the pastoral relationship between himself and East Monroe 
and Turner Churches and that he be granted a certificate of transfer 
to Wilmington Presbytery, effective Jan. 31st, 1957. Request was 
granted. 

Reception of Ministers — The Stated Clerk reported that 
he had certificates of transfer for the Rev. Stuart D. Currie of 
Atlanta Presbytery, George Powell of Athens Presbytery, and 
Rev. T. E. Nelson of Fayetteville Presbytery. These certificates 
were found in order and Presbytery proceeded to examine the 
Ministers in accordance with the Book of Church Order. 

The Moderator examined the ministers in experimental 
religion. The motion was made that this part of the examina- 
tion be sustained. Rev H. G. Bedinger examined the ministers 
in theology. The motion was made that this portion of the 
examination be sustained. Rev. Russell Kerr examined the 
men in church government and sacraments. A motion pre- 
vailed to accept this part of the examination as satisfactory. 
A motion was made that the examination as a whole be sus- 
tained and that they be enrolled as members of the Presbytery 
upon the signing of the covenant. 

A call for the services of Rev. George Powell from the 
Pleasant Hill Church was reported by Rev. Henry S. Robinson 



20 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



with the following terms: $4,000 annual salary, Minister's An- 
nuity and one month's vacation. Mr. Powell was presented 
with the call, which he accepted. 

A call for the services of T. E. Nelson from the Biscoe-Star 
Churches with the following terms: $3600 — Biscoe; $600 — Star, 
Minister's Annuity, one month's vacation. Being found in order, 
the call was placed in his hands and accepted. 

Ministerial Candidates Received — The Rev. Sam M. Inman 
made the following report which was adopted and admitted 
to the record: 

The Committee on Ministerial Education is happy to report to the 
Presbytery that there is continuing a steady flow of young men who 
are feeling the call to the Gospel Ministry. We are happy to present 
two new candidates to the Presbytery today and the committee is in 
correspondence with four additional men who have indicated their 
desire to be received at a future date. 

We present to the Presbytery today — Ernest T. Severs — Mr. Severs 
is a resident of Charlotte and a member of the Thomasboro Presby- 
terian Church where he holds the office of a Ruling Elder. He is the 
son of the late Herman Fredrick Severs and Lillie Gay Kerns Severs. 
He has had an interesting and varied career in the business world 
and has served in many capacities in the church. He is at the present 
time enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary where he has com- 
pleted his first term of satisfactory work. The committee has had a 
full conference with Mr. Severs and while he lacks some of the edu- 
cational requirements of our church we, believe his background, his 
personality, and his ability will enable him to render a type of service 
greatly needed in our church today. We are happy to recommend 
him to the Presbytery as a Candidate for the Gospel Ministry. 

We also present — James K. Wilson, Jr. — Mr. Wilson is the son of 
James Kiefer Wilson and Mildred Shaw Wilson of Charlotte and is a 
member of the Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church. Mr. Wilson is a 
graduate of Central High School of Charlotte and in 1954 graduated 
with a B.S. Degree from Davidson College. He completed a tour of 
duty as an officer in the United States Army in September 1956 and is 
at the present time a member of the Junior Class at Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond. The Committee has studied the application 
of Mr. Wilson with great care and we believe he has every promise of 
rendering a most worthwhile service in the Gospel Ministry. We are 
happy to recommend him to the Presbytery. 

We recommend that Mr. Severs and Mr. Wilson be examined as 
Candidates for the Ministry. 

We have appointed Dr. H. G. Bedinger as examiner in Theology 
and Mr. Russell Kerr as examiner in Church Government and Sacra- 
ments for the day. 

Samuel M. Inman, Chmn. 



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Rev. Sam M. Inman then presented the following men 
seeking to be taken under the care of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery as candidates for the Gospel Ministry: Mr. Ernest T. 
Severs, a Ruling Elder from the Thomasboro Church, now a 
member of the Junior Class of Columbia Seminary; and Mr. 
James K. Wilson, from the Selwyn Ave. Church, a graduate 
of Davidson College, and now a Junior at Union Seminary. 
Upon recommendation of the Chairman that Presbytery pro- 
ceed with the examination, the Moderator examined the candi- 
dates on experimental religion and motives for their seeking 
the ministry. The motion was made that the examination be ap- 
proved as satisfactory. The Moderator led Presbytery in the 
approved order for the reception of the candidates. Following 
the constitutional questions put by the Moderator, the Rev. 
Sam M. Inman delivered a brief charge and Rev. Sam A. Zealy 
led Presbytery in prayer. 

Report Of Commission On The Minister And His Work — 

The Rev. Henry S. Robinson made the following report for 
the Commission on The Minister and His Work. 

Your Commission has transacted the following business since the 
September meeting of Presbytery: 

1. Purchased the film strip, "So Your Church Needs a Pastor." This 
strip is available to all the churches through the chairman. 

2. Approved Rev. Shelton M. Hutchison as temporary supply for 
the Norwood Church. 

3. Approved Dr. Dimiter E. Wasson, a Pfeiffer College Professor, and 
a U. S. A. Presbyterian Minister, for supply work in Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. 

4. Approved Mr. J. Edgar Maness, a Ruling Elder in the Biscoe 
Church, as temporary moderator of the Session of that church. 

5. Approved Rev. George Powell of Athens Presbytery for a call to 
the Pleasant Hill Church; Rev. T. E. Nelson of Fayetteville Presby- 
tery for a call to the Biscoe and Star Churches; Rev. Frank S. 
Jones of Orange Presbytery for a call to the Bethlehem Church; 
Rev. W. T. Smith for a call to the Locust and Indian Hill Church- 
es; Dr. A. B. Montgomery, Jr., of Abingdon Presbytery for a call 
to the Caldwell Memorial Church; Rev. Joe E. Stowe of Pied- 
mont Presbytery for a call to the Central Steele Creek Church; and 
Rev. J. Arthur Sanders of Holston Presbytery for a call to the 
Benton Heights Church. 

6. Approved the terms of the following calls: To Rev. B. F. Ferguson 
from the Ellerbee Church. This call was declined. To Rev. George 
Powell from the Pleasant Hill Church; to Rev. Frank S. Jones 
from the Bethlehem Church; to Rev. T. E. Nelson from the Biscoe 
and Star Churches; to Rev. W. T. Smith from the Locust and 



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Indian Hill Churches; to Dr. A. B. Montgomery, Jr., from the Cald- 
well Memorial Church; to Rev. Joe E. Stowe from the Central 
Steele Creek Church; and to Rev. J. Arthur Sanders from the Ben- 
ton Heights Church. 

7. Dr. J. O. Mann was honorably retired, effective December 31, 
1956, and he was certified to the Board of Annuities and Relief 
for participation in the benefits of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

8. The relationship of Associate Pastor between Rev. Robert Turner 
and the Covenant Church was dissolved, effective December 31, 
1956. 

9. It has come to the attention of your Commission that there are 
ministers belonging to this Presbytery who are not attending 
meetings of Presbytery. The Commission intends to communicate 
with these men and will report its findings with recommendations 
to Presbytery at its next meeting. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Rev. Henry S. Robinson, Chairman. 

The motion was made that the report be admitted to the 
record and that the Commission be authorized to contact min- 
isters belonging to this Presbytery, not attending meetings, 
and report back at the next Stated Meeting. 

The following recommendation was also adopted: 

That we make the actions of the General Assembly relative to 
the work of the Commission on the Minister and His Work a matter 
of record with Mecklenburg Presbytery, and that all churches in the 
Presbytery be reminded that it is the intention of your Commission 
to function in accordance with the actions of the General Assembly. 
The following is a summary of these actions: 

STEPS TO BE TAKEN BY A CHURCH WHEN THE PULPIT 
BECOMES VACANT 

(These steps are not optional, but MANDATORY. See Paragraphs 
96 (1) through (3), and 126 through 136, Book of Church Order.) 

(1) Consultation of session with Presbytery's Commission on the 
Minister and His Work as to temporary supply. 

(2) Call by the session for a congregational meeting to elect a com- 
mittee to recommend a pastor (Nominating Committee). 

(3) Election of the above committee by the congregation. 

(4) Joint meeting of the nominating committee and the Commission 
on the Minister and His Work as to 

a. A plan of precedure 

b. To consider names. 

(It is the judgment of your Commission that this joint meeting 
should be held at the time of the first regular meeting of the 
Commission after the pulpit becomes vacant.) 

(5) Investigation of men agreed on by the committee and the Com- 
mission. 



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(6) Final consultation of both committee and the Commission as to 
the name to be placed before the congregation. It is understood 
that if Home Mission aid is to be a part of the pastor's salary the 
Church Extension Committee must be consulted. (In order that the 
Commission on the Minister and His Work of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery may employ adequate procedures, the Commission will not 
be able to approve any name for presentation to a congregational 
meeting with a view to a call unless it be submitted to the 
Commission at least ten days in advance of said congregational 
meeting. It is the opinion of the Commission that in order to 
avoid possible embarrassment the name of any candidate should 
be cleared with the Commission prior to the issuance of a call 
for a congregational meeting.) 

(7) Call of congregational meeting by the session to elect a pastor (1 
week's notice). 

(8) Congregational meeting to extend a call to a minister and to 
prosecute the call. 

(9) Original call forwarded to pastor-elect, duplicate to Commission 
on the Minister and His Work of Presbytery for presentation to 
Presbytery and it is then given to Stated Clerk of Presbytery, 
triplicate to Clerk of Session of church issuing call for insertion 
into Sessional records. 

(10) Prosecution of call before Presbytery and suggestions as to time, 
. place and personnel of the Commission of Presbytery to install the 
pastor. 

"If any church shall choose to subscribe its calls by the Ruling 
Elders and Deacons, or by a committee, it shall be at liberty to do so. 
But it shall, in such case, be fully certified to the Presbytery by the 
Minister or other person who presided, that the persons signing have 
been appointed for that purpose by a public vote of the church, and 
that the call has been in all respects prepared as above directed. 

"One or more commissioners shall be appointed by the church to 
present and prosecute the call before the Presbytery." 

Paragraphs 131-133 Book of Church Order. 

(Full information found in the Manual for Nominating Committees.) 

A motion was made that a copy of this recommendation 
be sent to the Clerks of Sessions and Pastors of churches and 
that a copy be attached to the Minutes of Sessional records. 

SPECIAL PRAYER— The Rev. Lee Stoffel led a season of 
prayer for the following ministers and friends who were re- 
ported sick: The Rev. B. F. Yandell, the Rev. W. M. Boyce, the 
Rev. James Barkley, Ruling Elder E. H. Hand, and Mrs. J. W. 
Grier. 

Report Of Committee On Envangelism — Rev. Sam H. Zea- 
ly, Chairman of the Committee on Evangelism, made a motion 
that Presbytery have a simultaneous visitation Evangelism 



24 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

program on April 7, 8, 9, 10. The motion was approved unan- 
imously. 

It was suggested that the program be set up so as to operate 
in two places; viz. Charlotte, and Mt. Gilead. The Rev. James 
L. Doom was asked to serve as Chairman in the four Eastern 
Counties of the Presbytery. 

The Rev. James Appleby, Chairman of General Assembly's 
Committee on Evangelism, was presented and spoke to Presby- 
tery on Evangelism. 

Special Request — The Rev. Leighton Ford was granted a 
few minutes to speak on behalf of the Billy Graham Campaign 
to be held in New York City beginning May 15th. His request 
was for the support of the Campaign in our prayers. The re- 
quest was enthusiastically endorsed. 

Committee On Pulpit Exchange— The Rev. W. M. Walsh 
made a report for the Committee appointed to draw up a 
schedule for Pulpit Exchanges throughout the Presbytery in 
interest of World Missions on Sunday, February 24th. Assign- 
ments were made. It was moved that the report be received 
as information. 

Committee On Sessional Records — The Rev. W. M. Boyce, 
Jr. moved that Presbytery be constituted a Committee to ex- 
amine the Sessional records. It was agreed that Presbytery 
would convene at 2 o'clock. Rev. Ed Wayland led in prayer as 
Presbytery recessed for lunch. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

The Presbytery reconvened at two o'clock and was led in 
prayer by the Rev. Stanyarn Bell. 

Moderator Nominated — The Rev. E. B. Cooper and the Rev. 
W. M. Boyce, Sr. were nominated for Moderator-Nominee. The 
Rev. W. M. Boyce, Sr. was elected. 

Election Of General Assembly Commissioners: The Mod- 
erator appointed a Teller's Committee composed of the follow- 
ing, Rev. Sam Zealy, Chairman, Elder J. W. Russell, Rev. Fred 
Holder, Elder Wallace W. Hanks, Rev. F. Clyde Pratt, Elder 
C. S. Harkey, Rev. Russell M. Kerr, Elder D. L. Cross, and Rev. 
James R. Crook. Rev. Sam Zealy moved that the eight highest 
in votes be declared principals and that the next eight highest 
be declared as alternates in the numerical order both in the 
case of Ministers and Ruling Elders. The following were 
elected as principals and alternates: 



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25 



MINISTERS 



Principals 

1. Rev. E. Lee Stoffel 

2. Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr. 

3. Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr. 

4. Rev. Hugh M. Jefferson 

5. Rev. I. Howard Chadwick 

6. Rev. Shelton M. Hutchison 

7. Rev. B. Frank Yandell 

8. Rev. Stewart W. Yandle 



Alternaies 

1. Rev. James E. Forgartie 

2. Rev. W. F. Mitchell 

3. Rev. James L. Doom 

4. Rev. G. E. Dixon 

5. Rev. C. McDonald Coffee 

6. Rev. Richard V. Colen 

7. Rev. J. B. Reaves 

8. Rev. Sheldon F. Koesy 



RULING ELDERS 



Principals 

1. W. H. Morrison, Monroe, First 

2. J. W. McLaney, Charlotte, First 

3. C. A. Hunter, South Park 

4. R. Z. Thomas, Trinity 

5. T. L. Kerns, Huntersville 

6. H. D. Nivens, Providence 

7. S. C. Capps, Central Steele Creek 

8. C. G. Sellers, Westminster 



Alternaies 

1. J. P. Robinson, Sugaw Creek 

2. H. P. Cathey, Thomasboro 

3. B. O. Leister, Selwyn 

4. J. E. Shinn, Plaza 

5. D. V. Walker, Sharon 

6. Harold Burney, Albemarle, First 

7. J. R. Miller, Pineville 

8. R. S. Hutchison, Covenant 



It was further ordered that the first eight men highest in 
votes be declared principals and that the next highest man in 
votes be declared as first alternate for any one of the first eight 
principals; and that in case of alternates who had tied in the 
election that the Clerk cast lots to see who goes as the prin- 
cipal. 



Committee On Christian Education — The Rev. James R. 
Crook, Chairman, made the report for this Committee and its 
varied work. He announced that Mr. David Wilson was the 
newly elected President of the "Men-of-the-Church." He then 
presented Mr. Horace McCall, the retiring President of the 
Men of Mecklenburg Presbytery, who reported on the progress 
of Men's Work during the past year. Mr. Crook then reported 
that the sub-committee on Leadership Education would be glad 
to have an area school for any desiring such a school. The Rev. 
Stewart W. Yandle, Chairman of the Sub-committee on "Chil- 
dren's Division", reported on four areas of its work. He an- 
nounced a DVBS Institute for the Belmont Heights Methodist 
Church, Charlotte, April 29-May 3rd; a Laboratory Class for 
Primary Teachers, to be held at the Sugaw Creek Church, 



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Charlotte, on the four Sunday afternoons of February, 3-5 
P.M.; and that Junior Camping was scheduled for the week 
of July 1-6 at Camp Stewart. The Rev. Russell M. Kerr report- 
ed that a letter on the observance of Assembly's Youth Sunday, 
January 27th would soon go out in the mails for all Pastors 
and churches. The Rev. Fred Holder likewise made a similar 
statement with regard to Pioneer Work. The Rev. Mr. Crook 
then announced that Miss Virginia Morris has been elected 
as the Christian Education Worker for Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery exclusively, beginning February 15, 1957. Mr. Crook pre- 
sented the Treasurer's Report on the Committee's Fund, the 
Camp Stewart Fund, and the Camp Stewart Building Fund. 
A motion was made that they be received and admitted to the 
record. 

PRESBYTERY'S COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 
TREASURER'S REPORT 
For Calendar Year 1956 
COMMITTEE FUND 
INCOME: 

Cash brought forward $4,369.93 

Mecklenburg Presbytery $4,878.95 

Miscellaneous $ 38.97 

TOTAL $9,287.85 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Men's Work $ 625.00 

Young Adult Work $ 225.00 

Schools $ 350.00 

Printing (Vs cost of Mecklenburg 

Presbyterian) $ 468.19 

Travel $ 143.41 

Supplies $ 129.86 

Postage $ 23.18 

Gift (Mrs. Margaret Stillwell) $ 200.00 

Miscellaneous $ 7.50 

Allocated to Camp 

Stewart Building Fund 

From Receipts from Mecklenburg 

Presbytery (Benevolence) Jan. 1955 

through April 1956 $2,469.53 

Loan to Camp Stewart $1,000.00 

TOTAL $5,641.67 

Cash on hand $3,646.18 $9,287.85 



Henry D. Niven, Treasurer 



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PRESBYTERY'S COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 
TREASURER'S REPORT 
For Calendar Year 1956 

CAMP STEWART FUND 
INCOME 

Balance brought forward $1,637.87 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 4,500.00 

Pioneer Sub-Committee 500.00 

(Rev. F. C. Holder) 

Miscellaneous 122.88 

Loan from committee funds 1,000.00 

TOTAL $7,760.75 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Payroll $3,165.00 

Lights — Power 457.32 

Gas 211.63 

Phone 77.77 

Repairs — Maintenance 641.94 

Supphes 401.88 

Petty Cash 850.00 

Travel 900.00 

Insurance 432.51 

Equipment 106.11 

Miscellaneous 79.00 

Rec'd from Covenant church 

August 18, 1955 for Building Fund. 

Credited to this account 

through error 300.00 

TOTAL $7,623.16 

Cash on Hand $ 137.59 $7,760.75 



Henry D. Niven, Treasurer 

PRESBYTERY'S COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 
TREASURER'S REPORT 
For Calendar Year 1956 

CAMP STEWART BUILDING FUND 
INCOME 

Balance brought forward $8,000.00 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 4,355.23 

Covenant Church 600.00 

First Presbyterian Church 

(Charlotte, N. C.) 500.00 

TOTAL $13,455.23 



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DISBURSEMENTS 

Construction of 4 cabins $7,800.00 

Construction of Unit Lodge 3,500.00 

Grading , 70.00 

Construction of Sidewalk at 

Swimming Pool 28.11 

TOTAL $11,398.11 

Cash on Hand $ 2,057.12 $13,455.23 



Henry D. Niven, Treasurer 

Amendments To The Book Of Church Order — A considera- 
tion of the proposed amendments to the Book of Church Order 
relative to the Ordination of Women as Ruling Elders and 
Deacons was called for by motion of Presbytery. A motion was 
then made that the proposed amendments permitting women 
to be elected and ordained to the office of Ruling Elder and 
Deacon be approved. After a period of debate, the motion that 
the question be called for was passed. A motion asking for a 
standing vote prevailed. The vote was 61 in favor and 71 in op- 
position. The motion was lost. 

A motion was made that the proposed changes be approved 
in the Confession of Faith relative to Marriage, Divorce, and 
Remarriage; namely, the change of the title of Chapter XXVI 
"Of Marriage and Divorce" to "Of Marriage" and the deletion 
of Paragraphs 5 and 6. The question was called for and it was 
ordered. The motion for approval was carried by a vote of 68 
in favor to 16 opposed. Then a motion was made that the 
General Assembly restudy the other recommendations of the 
Assembly's Report and give us the benefit of any further light 
on the matter. 

Report Of The Committee On Resolutions— Dr. W. S. 

Boyce reported for the Committee on Resolutions. The Resolu- 
tions were admitted to the record and are as follows: 

Our Presbytery expresses its appreciation to Mr. Joe McLaney 
for his able address as the retiring moderator. To the Reverend Mr. 
Leighton Ford for his report on the New York campaign of Billy 
Graham. We desire to express our appreciation to Dr. James Appleby 
for his able and inspiring message on the subject of evangelism. 

Our Presbytery is deeply grateful to the pastor S. M. Inman and 
people of the Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church for their most 
gracious hospitality and particularly to the women of the church for 
the delightful luncheon served, 



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We wish to congratulate the congregation on the beauty and 
efficiency of this their new plant for the splendid achievements they 
have wrought in the work of the Kingdom. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Reverend James L. Doom 
Reverend W. S. Boyce 
M. M. Grey 
D. R. Gattis 

Other Commissions — The follov^ing Commissions appoint- 
ed by Presbytery to install pastors made reports which were 
admitted to the record. 

The commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery to 
install Rev. B. Hoyt Evans as pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian 
Church met in the educational building of the church Sunday, 
September 30, 1956, at 7:15 P.M. 

The following members of the commission were present: Rev. J. E. 
Wayland, Jr.— Chairman; Rev. J. S. McClure, Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., 
Mr. Vernon W. Patterson, Mr. Angus R. Shaw, Jr. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by the chairman and Angus 
R. Shaw, Jr. was elected to serve as clerk. 

The commission then moved into the sanctuary of the church for 
the installation service, with Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr., presiding. 

After the invocation, offered by the chairman, and the singing 
of a hymn, the members of the commission were introduced to the 
congregation. 

After the reading of the scripture lesson from Isaiah 6:1-8 and 
Luke 4:1-13, Rev. J. S. McClure preached the sermon on the subject, 
'The Temptations of the Ministry". 

The constitutional questions were propounded to the pastor-elect 
and to the congregation by Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr., who then offered 
the installation prayer. 

The charge to the pastor was given by Rev. M. B. Prince, Jr., and 
the charge to the congregation by Mr. Vernon W. Patterson. 

Rev. J. E. Wayland, Jr., chairman of the commission, then de- 
clared the Rev. B. Hoyt Evans duly installed as pastor of Hopewell 
Presbyterian Church. 

The pastor then stood in front of the pulpit and the entire con- 
gregation came up to welcome him and give him the right hand of 
fellowship. 

After the singing of a hymn the benediction was pronounced by 
the pastor. 

The members of the commission reassembled in the educational 
building after the service, where the minutes were read by the clerk 
and approved. The commission was dismissed with prayer by Angus 
R, Shaw, Jr. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J, E. Wayland, Jr., Chairman 
Angus R. Shaw, Jr., Clerk 



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The Commission appointed to install Rev. Stewart W. 
Yandle Pastor of the Commonwealth Presbyterian Church, met 
just before 7:30 P.M. November 18th, 1956 at the church with 
the following present: 

Rev. A. Leslie Thompson, Chairman; Rev. S. M. Inman, Rev. L. L 
Stell, Elder S. J. Harris, and Elder W. E. Price. 

Commission was opened with prayer by the chairman. Elder 
W. E. Price was asked to be Clerk. Rev. L. I. Stell preached the ser- 
mon. Rev. A. Leslie Thompson asked the constitutional questions and 
upon their being answered affirmatively, he declared Rev. Stewart W. 
Yandle duly called and installed pastor of the Commonwealth Presby- 
terian Church. 

The charge to pastor was given by Elder W. E. Price. Charge to 
congregation by Rev. S. M. Inman. Rev. Yandle pronounced the 
benediction and was welcomed by the congregation as their pastor. 

The Commission approved the minutes and meeting was closed 
with prayer by Elder S. J. Harris. 

A. Leslie Thompson, Chairman 
W. E. Price, Clerk 

The Commission of the Mecklenburg Presbytery to install Rev. 
James E. Ratchford as Pastor of the West Avenue Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, met at the church at 7:15 P.M. 
Sunday, October 7th. Those present were: Ministers — Dr. H. V. Carson, 
chairman. Dr. Roswell C. Long, Rev. Frank S. Johnston; Elders — W. 
Preston Summerville and R. L. Puckett. 

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by 
Dr. H. V. Carson. 

R. L. Puckett was elected clerk. 

Dr. Long made the motion to use the regular order of worship. 
The motion was seconded by Rev. Frank S. Johnston and carried. 

At 7:30 P.M. the commission united with the congregation in a 
service of worship with Dr. H. V. Carson presiding. Rev. Frank S. 
Johnston offered the Invocation. The Prayer of Dedication was of- 
fered by Elder W. Preston Summerville. Dr. H. V. Carson read the 
scripture, Luke 17:1-10. Dr. Roswell C. Long preached the sermon on 
the subject, "Distinguished Service". Dr. H. V. Carson propounded the 
constitutional questions to the pastor and the congregation. Rev. Frank 
S. Johnston charged the pastor. The charge to the congregation was 
made by Elder W. Preston Summerville. Dr. H. V. Carson offered the 
installation prayer, after which Rev. James E. Ratchford was declared 
installed as Pastor of West Avenue Presbyterian Church. The bene- 
diction was pronounced by Rev. James E. Ratchford. 

The Commission continued its meeting after the service. The 
minutes were approved, and the meeting closed with prayer by Dr. 
Roswell C. Long. 

H. V. Carson, Chairman 
R, L. Puckett, Clerk 



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Report Of Presbytery's Council — Rev. A. Leslie Thompson 
reported for the actions of the Presbytery's Council. The re- 
port submitted was read and was adopted: 

Presbytery's Council met in Presbytery's office at 2:30, January 
11, 1957 with the following members present: 

A. L. Thompson, R. A. Young, C. G. Sellers, Carl Miller, Joe W. 
McLaney, James R. Crook, J. B. Kuykendall, C. M. Hassell, R. H. 
Stone, Malcolm R. Williamson, and Mrs. Lloyd Audrey. 

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Rev. Leslie A. 
Thompson and the Rev. Carl Miller led in prayer. 

The Council took under consideration the proposed docket for 
Presbytery and adopted the docket with the following changes: 

1. The report on Evangelism to be set as an order of the day for 
12:00 o'clock noon at which time Presbytery will hear Dr. James 
Appleby. 

2. The consideration of the amendments to the Book of Church 
Order and the Confession of Faith be set as the third order of the 
day after lunch. 

3. That the President of the Men of the Presbytery be heard 
during the tallying of votes for the election of Commissioners to the 
General Assembly. 

The Council named J. B. Kuykendall to replace the Rev. L. I. 
Stell on the Sub-Committee on Stewardship and the Rev. Carl Miller 
was elected to serve as Chairman of the Committee. 

The Rev. R. H. Stone, Executive Secretary of the Presbytery, sub- 
mitted the financial report for the Office of Presbytery. The report 
was adopted and placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk of Presbytery. 

The Rev. R. H. Stone requested permission of the Council to group 
five of Synod's causes — namely N. C. Council of Churches, Synod's 
Office, Presbyterian News, Presbyterian Synod Foundation, and Re- 
volving Salary Fund under one heading in making acknowledgements 
of receipts to churches of the Presbytery in order to simplify book 
keeping. These causes combined receive a total of 3 per cent. 

The request was granted. 

There being no further business the meeting was closed with 
prayer by the Rev. Carl Miller. 

Malcolm R. Williamson, Secretary 
Leslie A. Thompson, Chairman 

The Standing Committee On "Bills And Overtures" recom- 
mended the overture from Steele Creek be approved Changing 
the date of the Winter Meeting of Presbytery from the 3rd 
Tuesday to the 4th Tuesday of January. 

Committee On Installations — The report of the Committee 
was adopted as follows: 



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We recommend the appointment of the following commissions: 

1. To install the Rev. George Powell at Pleasant Hill Church — 
Rev. Malcolm Bullock to preach. Rev. R. A. Young to preside and 
propound the constitutional questions. Rev. G. E. Dixon to charge the 
Congregation. Rev. R. H. Stone to charge the Pastor. 

Ruling Elders to serve on the Commission: Tom Blackwelder of 
Central Steele and John Thompson of Pleasant Hill. The time for 
the installation is Jan. 27th at 3:30 P.M. 

2. To install Rev. T. E. Nelson at the Biscoe Presbyterian Church. 
Rev. R. E. Hoke to preach. Dr. R. H. Stone to preside and propound 
the constitutional questions. Dr. R. H. Stone to charge the pastor. 
Elder S. H. McCall to charge the congregation. 

Ruling Elder to serve on the Commission: Harold Burney from 
First Church, Albemarle. The time for the installation is Jan. 27, at 
11:00 A.M. 

3. To install Rev. T. E. Nelson at the Star Presbyterian Church. 
Rev. Wm. Clark to preside and propound the constitutional questions. 
Rev. S. A. Ritchie to preach. Elder S. H. McCall to charge the con- 
gregation. Rev. Wm. Clark to charge the Pastor. 

Ruling Elder to serve on the Commission: Harold Burney from 
First Church, Albemarle. The time for the installation is Jan. 27th, at 
7:30 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. Hugh M. Jefferson, Chairman 
Elder E. F. Parnell 
Rev. Claude Pepper 
Elder C. G. Harkins 

A motion was made that Presbytery give its consent to a 
possible change of date of installation in the case of the Pleas- 
ant Hill Church. The request was granted. The quorum for 
these Commissions was set for two ministers and one Ruling 
Elder. 

Committee On Records Of Presbytery reported that it 
found the records of Presbytery in order. 

Committee On Sessional Records reported that most of the 
Sessional records were in order, but some were out of order. 
The names of those churches not presenting books were noted. 

Report Of Treasurers And Trustees— The Stated Clerk re- 
ported that he had the Report of Treasurers and Trustees of 
Presbytery. The motion was made that the reading be omitted 
and that these be admitted to the record. 



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MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY HOME MISSIONS FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 11, 1956 to January 11, 1957 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 11, 1956 $ 3,507.88 

RECEIPTS* 

Benevolent Account $61,539.38 

Repayment on loans 6,162.40 

Belk Brothers Company 3,750.00 

Negro Delegate Fund 1,243.83 

R. A. Dunn Legacy 1,076.69 

From sale of Irwin Street Mission 900.00 

Vacation Fund 546.50 

C. C. Beam Fund 500.00 

Church and Manse Building Fund 390.48 

Other miscellaneous 1,041.88 77,151.16 



80,659.04 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salaries, supplies and payroll taxes $21,206.23 

Buildings 14,500.00 

Negro Work 9,904.06 

Loans 6,452.40 

Minister to Hospitals 3,600.00 

Ministers' Annuity Fund 1,674.21 

Negro Women Conferences 1,176.33 

Office expenses 1,158.70 

Improvements to Churches and Manses 1,016.57 

Insurance 1,009.23 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian 898.43 

Seigle Avenue Lot 625.00 

Moving the Gift Church 600.00 

Vacation Fund 569.00 

Christmas Checks 505.00 

Moving Ministers 486.68 

Printing brochure 417.60 

Hickory Grove Manse rent 375.00 

Seigle Avenue Summer Fund 250.00 

Other miscellaneous 771.56 67,196.00 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 11, 1957 $ 13,463.04 



THE W. H. BELK FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 11, 1956 to January 10, 1957 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 11, 1956 $10,844.06 

RECEIPTS: 

Garriga Fruit Account $ 5,600.00 

Mrs. W. H. Belk 500.00 

Payment on loan 200.00 6,300.00 



17,144.06 



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DISBURSEMENTS: 

Belk Educational Building $10,000.00 

Furniture for Presbytery's Office 1,445.45 

Mr. R. J. Belk 600.00 

Hudson-Belk Co 254.40 

For Catechism Awards 232.35 12,532.20 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 10, 1957 $ 4,611.86 



MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY CHURCH AND 
MANSE BUILDING FUND 

^ Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 

For the Period From January 8, 1956 to January 15, 1957 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 8, 1956 $1,179.08 

RECEIPTS: 

Amy James Call $1,382.50 

Ridgecrest Call 1,186.50 

Hickory Grove Call 874.00 

Seigle Avenue Manse Call 315.48 3,758.48 

4,937.56 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Amy James Building Fund $1,382.50 

Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church 1,186.50 

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church 1,104.08 

Home Mission Committee 390.48 4,063.56 



CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 15, 1957 $ 874.00 



MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 1, 1956 to December 31, 1956 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 1956 $— 0— 

RECEIPTS: 

T. L. Harrison $500.00 

John H. Norman 300.00 

John H. Norman 300.00 800.00 

800.00 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Walter B. Satterfield $300.00 

Flora MacDonald College 180.00 480.00 

CASH BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1956 $320.00 



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THE SEIGLE AVENUE MANSE FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From February 24, 1956 to July 31, 1956 

CASH BALANCE, FEBRUARY 24, 1956 $158.83 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Porter Electric Co $51.18 

J. H. Hoover 48.00 

M. S. BeU 24.65 

Little Hardware Co 12.03 

Henry Abell 10.00 

Robinson Electric Co 7.03 

Other miscellaneous 5.94 158.83 

CASH BALANCE, JULY 31, 1956 $— 0— 



THE AMAY JAMES BUILDING FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From April 27, 1956 to January 15, 1957 

RECEIPTS: 

Home Mission Committee $14,115.37 

Amy James Church 5,235.00 

Church and Manse Building Fund 1,382.50 

Other miscellaneous 248.47 

20,981.34 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Labor and payroll taxes $7,412.58 

Lumber 4,534.28 

Brick 1,386.00 

Electrical 1,008.56 

Hardware 993.46 

Tucker-Kirby Co 810.26 

Blocks 810.00 

Concrete Supply Co 793.86 

Well 450.00 

Plumbing 426.50 

Plastering 400.00 

Steel 380.63 

Sheet Metal 340.00 

Septic tank 325.00 

Paint and glass 233.28 

Floor finishing 205.00 

Grading 190.00 

Miscellaneous 253.41 20,952.82 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 15, 1957 $ 28.52 



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THE MECKLENBURG BI-CENTENNIAL FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 15, 1956 to December 31, 1956 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 15, 1956 $807=96 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

"Voice In Wilderness" films $506.18 

Pictures 156.00 

Scrap book 106.19 768.37 



CASH BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1956 $ 39.59 



SOUTH TRYON STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From February 24, 1956 to November 9, 1956 

CASH BALANCE, FEBRUARY 24, 1956 $591.08 

RECEIPTS: 

Covenant Presbyterian Church $200.00 

South Tryon Street Presbyterian Church 110.97 310.97 

902.05 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Allison Fence Co $700.00 

Home Mission Committee 116.55 

Mecklenburg Nurseries 50.00 

Hunter Paint Co 21.30 

Robinson Electric Co 14.20 902.05 



$— 0— 

MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S BUILDING FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 17, 1956 to January 16, 1957 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 17, 1956 $14,000.00 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Amy James Building Fund $5,000.00 

Belk Educational Building 5,000.00 10,000.00 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 16, 1957 $ 4,000.00 

SEIGLE AVENUE BUILDING FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 1, 1956 to December 31, 1956 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 1956 $10.00 

CASH RECEIPTS: 

From Mr. R. A. Grier 12.00 

22.00 
DISBURSEMENTS: — 0— 

CASH BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1956 $22.00 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 37 



Presbytery's Tax Fund was read by the Clerk. A motion 
was made granting the request of the Clerk for an audit to be 
made. 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF PRESBYTERY'S 
EXPENSE FUND 

Balance on hand January 1, 1956 $ 7,769.13 

Received from Churches 29,086.95 

TOTAL RECEIPTS $36,856.08 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Presbytery's Office Expense $11,500.00 

Camp Stewart 4,500.00 

Stated Clerk's Salary 600.00 

Stated Clerk (Office Help) 600.00 

General Assembly's Assessment 4,825.76 

Synod's Assessment 1,702.80 

Expense of Presbytery's Meetings 400.00 

Permanent Clerk's Salary 80.00 

Assistant Clerk's Salary 80.00 

Lassister Corporation (Printing Minutes) 1,075.48 

Dowd Press (Printing Minutes) 526.90 

Dowd Press (Printing Labels and mailing).... 58.21 

Ministers' Annuity Fund 45.00 

Foote & Davies (Statistical Reports) 21.09 

Postage 71.14 

Supplies 13.91 

Assembly's Com. Minister and His 

Work (film) 15.00 

E. C. Scott, Treasurer (Pamphlets) 3.44 

Board of Women's Work (Pamphlets) 5.65 

Presbyterian Book Store (Report Blanks) 33.10 

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS $26,157.48 $26,157.48 

Balance in Bank, January 1, 1957 $10,698.60 

Rev. R. H. Stone reported for the Benevolence Fund and 
the motion was made that it be admitted to the record. 

MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY BENEVOLENT FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period From January 10, 1956 to January 11, 1957 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 10, 1956 $ — 0— 

RECEIPTS FROM CONTRIBUTING MEMBER 

CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS 433,131.96 



433,131.96 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Board of World Missions $122,641.57 

Home Mission Committee 61,539.38 

For Educational Institutions 55,990.65 



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Board of Church Extension 50,639.16 

For General Fund 27,200.03 

Presbyterian Orphans' Home 20,909.63 

Board of Annuities and Relief 20,647.47 

Board of Christian Education 18,668.59 

Synod's Church Extension 12,715.48 

Synod's Committee on Religious 

Education 8,183.26 

The Presbyterian Home 6,621.78 

Presbytery's Committee on 

Religious Education 5,608.46 

The W. H. Belk Fund 5,600.00 

Campus Christian Life •. 5,225.37 

Overseas Relief 2,924.27 

Alexander Home 1,815.68 

Presbytery's Tax Fund 1,795.00 

Christian Higher Education Fund 1,036.82 

Bible in Public Schools 907.86 

Inter-Church Agencies 750.65 

Home Mission Committee — Special 385.00 

N. C. Council 379.53 

Miscellaneous 946.32 433,131.96 

CASH BALANCE, JANUARY 11, 1957 $ — 0— 



MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY'S OFFICE FUND 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements 
For the Period January 4, 1956 to January 3, 1957. 

RECEIPTS: 

Cash Balance Jan. 4, 1956 $ 1,415.84 

Presbytery's Tax Fund $11,500.00 

Presbytery's Committee on Relig. Educ 3,633.19 

Film rentals 109.50 

Inter-racial work 43.00 

Missionary expenses 70.00 

Sale of materials 24.88 

Mecklenburg Presbyterian advertiser 20.00 

$15,400.57 $15,400.57 

TOTAL RECEIPTS $16,816.41 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salary of Executive Secretary $ 4,800.00 

Manse allowance 1,200.00 

Travel allowance 1,000.00 

Office Secretary 2,390.10 

Camp Stewart Salaries 3,059.55 

Director of Internal Revenue 555.20 

Ministers' Annuity Fund 360.00 



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Insurance 10.62 

Expense of Missionaries 226.44 

Bank charges 4.68 

Printing 600.64 

Audit 50.00 

Geo. E. Wilson, Jr., P.M 236.77 

"Voice in the Wilderness" film 276.80 

Inter-Racial Work 43.00 

Office Equipment and Expense 721.78 



$15,535.58 $15,535.58 



Balance $ 1,280.83 

' Respectfully submitted, 

R. H. Stone 
Executive Secretary 

The Clerk reported that the "Annual Statistical Report to 
the General Assembly" was incomplete. In view of that fact the 
clerk asked for permission to complete the statistical report and 
forward to Assembly's Stated Clerk when completed. The 
request was granted. 

New Business — A suggestion was made by Elder Joe W. 
McLaney, past moderator, that a committee should be appoint- 
ed to study the annual report on Benevolences. A motion was 
made that these reports be brought to the attention of the 
Council for review and recommendation to Presbytery. 

Place Of Next Meeting — A motion was made that this be 
left in the hands of the Council. The motion was carried. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

After a motion for adjournment, the Moderator, Rev. David 
Wilkinson, led in prayer. 

David Wilkinson, Moderator 

Malcolm Williamson, Stated Clerk 
Robert W. Rayburn, Permanent Clerk 
A. L. Thompson, Assistant Clerk 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

INDEX 

Two Hundred Fifteenth Stated Meeting 

Page 

Opening Worship 13 

History of Selwyn Avenue Church 13-15 

Roll of Ministers and Elders 15, 16 

Election of Moderator 16 

Report of Committee on Arrangements 16, 17 

The Docket 17, 18 

Standing Committees 18 

Communications 18, 19 

Reception of Ministers 19, 20 

Ministeria